2013 Female Athlete of the Year Award Recipient
Run hurdle run jump jump throw throw. That's what it takes to compete in a heptathlon and for Okanagan Athletics Club member Keely Watts-Watling, the combination of these seven events have added up to success.
Despite having an incredibly challenging outdoor season due to injury, in 2013 Keely managed to win the heptathlon at the Canadian National Championships. The win helped raise her in the rankings to second in Canada. In addition to this, she is ranked third nationally in shot put, ninth in long jump and 15th in javelin throw. Provincially she is ranked second in long jump, fourth in 100 meter hurdles, sixth in javelin and ninth in high jump - excellent results despite the injuries she was working through. She also found time to help with coaching at the Okanagan Athletics Club.
In addition to all that running, jumping, throwing and hurdling, Keely is a grade 12 high school student who enjoys skiing, snowboarding, cross country running, playing basketball and volleyball.