Ben Williams makes bending over backwards look easy.
Williams, 15, a Grade 10 Cowichan Secondary School student, is a natural at the high jump but he’s also shown some amazing abilities in other areas of track and field.
He set a junior boys’ triple jump record dating back to 2000 that measured 13.21 metres in the Island high school meet and also sprinted to third in the 200 metres and second with the senior boys’ 4x100 relay team.
Williams’ beloved high jump yielded third place, but the sky’s the limit considering he only started last year.
“I was not too good at the start but then started training, got the technique down and became pretty good,’’ he said.
“I’m a quick learner so it kind of was easy to pick up and I had some talent as well.’’
Williams’ best in the high jump so far is 1.75 metres but coach John May thinks he’s quite capable of reaching two metres before too long.
“What I’m seeing is his ability to be able to execute when I tell him to do things very quickly,’’ said May.
“His strength on the vertical component is going to be one of his major areas that will get him over the bar when it starts to get really high.’’