The Vancouver Olympic Club is extremely pleased to announce that Canadian Javelin Champion Krista Woodward will assume the position of Javelin Throw coach in our athletic program. Coach Woodward will lead the throws program for junior development and midget athletes and prepare our multi-event youth athletes for the World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia July 2015.
Krista graduated from New Westminster Secondary High School, where she placed 12th at the 2002 World Junior Championships, third at the 2001 Canadian Championships, and eighth at the 2001 Francophone Games. She was first Canadian in her age group to throw over 50 meters (50.13 meters/164-0), held the Canadian high school and Canadian junior record she set in 2001, and was provincial champion in the javelin in 2002. Krista went to the University of Georgia and majored in Fisheries and Aquaculture, graduating in 2007. During her time at UGA she won four Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles and was a four-time All American placing 3rd in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 4th in 2005. In 2003 she won a silver medal at the Pan American Jr. Games and at 2006 NACAC U23 Championships. She broke the Canadian record twice during university, once in 2003 (51.61) and then again in 2007 (56.06). Krista’s personal best throw was a distance of 60.15m (Tokyo 2002).
Krista is a 6-time Canadian National Javelin Champion and she represented Canada at the 2013 IAAF World Championship in Moscow, placing 17th overall and later that year won a Gold Medal at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie. She is currently training for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“We are very excited to have Krista Woodward in our program. This is a very necessary and significant step for our club and the Vancouver Lower Mainland,” said Maureen Connelly, President of Vancouver Olympic Club. The club is currently supporting BC’s and Canada’s top ranked athletes with highly awarded professional coaches and this will expand the club’s capacity for collaborative training with regional school programs and with clubs such as the Spartans.
“Only with educated, quality, and professional individuals such as Krista can we prepare a new generation for world athletics – a level where BC Athletics and Athletics Canada belongs”, said, Besnik Mece, the Technical Director of Vancouver Olympic Club and New Westminster Spartans. Krista will coach the 2014 BC High School Combined Events Champions Jasper Schiedel, (Decathlon, Vancouver College/VOC) Nina Schultz, (19th – World Youth List, Heptathlon, New Westminster Secondary/ NW Spartans). “We are filling an obligation to serve our community by providing the strongest support for achieving the best athletic results for our kids. With the creation of this role, we have brought in Krista to the clubs where excellence begins,” said Tatjana Mece the Head Coach of the Vancouver Olympic Club Athletics program.
Join us in welcoming Krista