2019 World Champ Anderson Peters shows kids track is more than sprints and jumps

By April 07, 2020

Anderson Peters, the 2019 World Champion in the javelin, believes that in winning the world title in Doha in 2019, could inspire children in his home country of Grenada by showing them that they do not have to be sprinters to succeed in the sport.

Peters just happens to be from the same island as Kirani James, who won Grenada’s first-ever World title in the 400m at Daegu in 2011 and then its first Olympic gold medal in 2012, inspiring an entire generation of Caribbean children in the process.

Not to be outdone, Anderson is also a proven winner. He won five javelin titles at the Carifta Games and was a CAC Junior champion. He is also the two-time NCAA Division 1 champion and the NACAC champion. However, he believes that winning his first world title could let kids know that there is more to track and field than the sprints.

“Being able to become a world champion, means a lot to my country, especially to young athletes. I believe it will open their eyes to see that you don’t have to be a sprinter. Sprints or jumps are not the only events in track and field,” said Peters.

 “You can become a World Champion or an Olympic in a different event rather than the sprints or the jumps. So it just opens up eyes to see all the possibilities.”

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