Chris Andrews has another two medals to add to his trophy case after taking home gold medal in hammer throw and silver in shot put at the BC Summer Games in Surrey last weekend.
For Andrews, 15, the results bring his medal total since he started competing in grade six to 42 gold, 27 silver and three bronze.
This year has been one the best yet for the 6’5” thrower. In June he brought home gold and bronze medals from the provincial high school championships.
At the BC Athletics Provincial Championships he won gold in the hammer throw and shot put and bronze in discus. His results in the first two events qualified him to travel with Team BC to the nationals in Prince Edward Island in August.
To get this far, Andrews trained several times per wek with the Revelstoke Secondary SchoolTrack & Field team. In June, his father Ian took over coaching duties and he began training three times per day.
“He’s worked hard and he puts a lot of dedication in,” said Andrews’s mother, Candy.
Chris’s grandfather was in the submarine service and his father and uncle served in the military. Chris said he is considering a future in the military, as well. He wants to combine law and the military by either joining the military police or the Canadian military equivalent of the judge advocate general’s office.
But for now, sport is his passion.
“My highest achievement is to become a pro athlete,” he said.
Andrews also played on the RSS volleyball and basketball teams. He said he will keep playing volleyball but is considering giving up basketball to focus on training for track and field.
“I feel that I have more potential in track than I do in volleyball,” Chris said.
Wherever Chris goes, his family said they will be right there with him.
“We’re there to support him all the way,” Candy said.