Justin Breault: Javelin Record Breaker
Justin Breault is just your typical grade 11 student at Holy Redeemer. He enjoys sports, works hard in his classes and has great rapport with his fellow students and teachers. However, he does have one really exceptional gift – throwing the javelin.
For the second year in a row, Breault has not only broken the provincial record for the Javelin, he completely destroyed it.
“I’ve been throwing the javelin since grade 7,” says Breault, 16. “For some reason I just really had a knack for it. Now I hope to get into university with a scholarship.”
Last year in grade 10, Breault threw a provincial record 54.29 metres in the high school junior category at the Provincial Championship. The old record had stood since 1988.
This year, while at the High School Track & Field Provincials in Red Deer on June 1st and 2nd, he again threw an Intermediate Category provincial record throw of 54.18 metres. The old record was from 2016 and was 51 metres. Breault threw it a full three metres longer, which is an incredible accomplishment.
That said, for those of you doing math, you could see that Breault threw farther in grade 10. So what happened, you ask. “I actually sprained my UCL a few weeks ago on a bad throw,” he says. “So I had to get my elbow all lasered and taped up to be ready for the big championship event. Once it fully heals, I hope to be throwing a lot farther.”
Breault practices with the HRH Track & Field team, but he does much more than that. His out-of-school Coach is Carl Meissner who coached Team Canada at the Commonwealth Games. Breault is also assisted by Jaimee Springer who currently throws javelin for Team Canada.
“This young man is an incredible athlete,” says HRH Track & Field Head Coach Brian Davieson. “Watching his technique is incredible as his back looks like a slinky. Everyone at HRH is so very proud of him.”
Breault attended the National Youth Championship in Brandon, Manitoba last year where he placed eighth in the country. That said, with the throw he just made this year, his ranking is now fourth. He hopes to head Nationals again in Brandon later in August after he hits a mark of 50 metres in a few weeks.
Not only is he going to national events, he is hoping to attend the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October. “I have to go a trial event first, and if things go well, I get to represent Canada at the Youth Olympics, which is very cool.”
Being in grade 12, many people have asked if he hopes to get a scholarship to get into university. “Absolutely,” he says. “One of my friends I met at Nationals got a scholarship to throw javelin at the University of Hawaii!”
Breault already has set his sights on breaking the senior provincial record in grade 12. “That record has stood since 1977. To break that one would be very cool.”
In the meantime, he’s going to keep training, and if things go well, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Breault at Track & Field events in the future.