Protect your javelins from wear and tear: they're expensive and need to stay competition viable! I was tired of wrapping javelins in towels, struggling to fit them in the tube, and cringed at the soul grating rattle when driving in the car.
Author: Liz Gleadle
Liz Gleadle was awarded Senior Female Athlete of the year by Lethbridge Sport Council Achievement Awards (LSCAA). She received the award to celebrate her 2012 season and 2014 season. But where she is now and what is she doing? She is still competing and representing Team Canada in athletics doing javelin. Liz is now 8 times Canadian Champion after her 59.34m throw at the Canadian Track & Field Championships that took place in Ottawa, ON. Recently she has announced that she is taking time off for the rest of the season to rest up and recover 100% from her injuries. This is the best decision that herself and coaches agreed on, as her goals are to be on the podium for the 2019 World’s and the 2020 Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan. She lives in Vancouver, BC and has been busy since she announced her latest invention called the SpearSafe and has partnered up with one of her sponsors, Javelin Technologies. Currently she has an Indiegogo campaign running to help her raise the start up costs! Liz already has piled her own money into this project to get some early pre-made SpearSafe prototypes to sell, or if you’re a fan and want to help support the product she has packages that would give away Team Canada gear signed by Liz herself (quantities are limited)! Also if you want to be a super supporter and donate a good amount of money, you can have Liz come and give an inspirational speech at a corporate event, school, or even have a javelin lesson up to a group of 6. If you want to know more about the product she is creating, you can visit her twitter account @Javelizz and the link to the Indiegogo campaign is in her bio.
When Liz was completing her post secondary education at University of British Columbia (UBC), she decided to take a year off from school to focus on her javelin training in 2011. That’s when she came to Lethbridge to train with Larry Steinke, who has been running one of the most prominent throws program in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (now known as U Sports). Her goal was to attend the 2012 London Olympics, which she did and finished 12th overall. In fact, Liz became the first Canadian woman to qualify for an Olympic javelin final since 1968! Not only that but she also was Canada’s first female Olympian in javelin since 1988. Gleadle graduated in 2013 from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Liz kept training afterwards and attended the 2016 Rio Olympics finishing 16th overall. She has big dreams for the years to come and is focused on being able to better herself every time she competes. Liz lives for high performance and pushes herself to keep improving every day. We cannot wait to see what she will accomplish at the 2019 World’s and we will be watching her perform at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Best of luck with recovery and future training, love your Southern Albertan supporters!
For more information on Liz and her personal interests, the Canadian Olympic Team Official Website has her full biography up. Also want to learn more about Liz’s SpearSafe invention, you can find more on her personal social media accounts, either on Twitter or Instagram @Javelizz or you can go to her Indiegogo campaign page and she has a full description up including details on the pricing as well.