Victoria’s Adam Keenan eager to compete at 2024 Paris Olympics

Victoria's Adam Keenan eager to compete at 2024 Paris Olympics
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Victoria’s Adam Keenan is eager to show the world his hammer-throwing abilities at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The 30-year-old athlete has been training for this moment since he first picked up the hammer at the age of 13 years old.

“What took you so long? It took you to 30 years old, really buddy?” he said to himself.

Keenan is grateful to be on the path to the Olympics but wishes he had the opportunity to speak to his younger self.

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“I would tell him that the path is not linear, there are so many setbacks that you can’t even imagine when you haven’t even been through them,” said Keenan.

One of those setbacks he faces is having to drive an hour away to Duncan from Victoria, to find a safe area to practice.

The multi-medaled athlete used to practice at a cage in Lambrick Park in Saanich. In 2022, he found the cage locked with a note telling him that he was not allowed to use it.

Keenan and his coach Sheldan Gmitroski now make the commute every single time they need to practice in the lead-up to the Olympics

“It’s a regional issue which means provincial government, municipal government, local government they need to help out the school visions to have funding to be able to put these things in. We’re applying for grants, we’ve got $50,000 worth of grants towards a cage but it’s more global than just one thing,” said Gmitroski.

Despite all the setbacks, Keenan is ready to go to Paris to show the world what he is capable of. Keenan is set to toss the hammer on the morning of Aug. 2.

“People’s support means a great deal,” said Keenan.

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