Heritage Day is coming up on Monday, August 3rd and it would have been a big day for a local discus thrower. Rachel Andres from Olds was within the top 32 in the world which would have been good enough to get her to Tokyo to represent Canada at the Olympic Summer Games. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic paused world athletics this year and forced the Games in Japan to be postponed until 2021.
Discus thrower Rachel Andres from Olds could have been in Tokyo right now, if the 2020 Summer Olympics hadn't been postponed until next year.
When the COVID-19 pandemic paused world athletics, she was within the top 32 in the world which would have sent her to Japan to represent Canada.
The 33 year old is understandably disappointed and frustrated but the pause was necessary for everyone's safety.
This becomes a very rare summer without any competitions for Andres.
She says her competition day at the Tokyo Olympics would have been Heritage Day, August 3rd).
As it stands now, Andres is a bit pessimistic that the Summer Games will even be able to go ahead next year.
Andres says the Canadian record in her event has not been touched in over 40 years so that continues to be her goal as she trains at the discus ring over by the bus barn on the Community Learning Campus grounds.
96.5 CKFM's Melanie Hepp spoke to Rachel Andres on Tuesday, July 28th.