Who is Camryn Rogers, Canadian athlete who set a new Commonwealth Games record?
- Camryn Rogers set a Commonwealth Games record with a throw of 74.68 metres on August 4
- She is also the Canadian national record holder in women's hammer throw
- Rogers is the first Canadian woman to win a World Championships medal
Athletics is one of the most followed sporting disciplines across the world. As part of the western world, Canada also has a rich tradition in athletics in the top events. However, recent times have seen more and more young Canadian athletes taste success in the discipline and one of them is Camryn Rogers, whose performance received widespread praise from viewers around the world.
The Canadian national record holder, Rogers has had a very distinctive and happening career since she was a junior. However, while she is an Olympics and Commonwealth Games veteran, she is not known widely for her abilities. Let’s take a look at who she is and how she reached the top.
Born on June 7, 1999, in Richmond, British Columbia in Canada, she also spent her childhood there. Her parents were divorced when she was only three years old, leaving her with her mother Shari Rogers. Her mother worked as a hairdresser and Camryn’s childhood was full of hardships.
Camryn’s introduction to athletics happened in January 2012, when she tried the hammer throw for herself. The summer Olympics in the same year helped her to solidify her interest to become an athlete.
After graduating from high school, Rogers participated in the 2017 Canadian U20 Championships, where she won the gold medal. She also participated in the Pan American U20 Athletics Championships in the same year, winning the gold medal once again. Her performances helped her to be picked for the Canadian Summer Games in 2017 before she withdrew from the tournament to focus on her studies.
Rogers participated in the IAAF World U20 Championships in 2018, winning the gold medal. She replicated her performance once again the next year, winning the gold medal at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She also became the first University of California female student to win the title since 2008.
Following the initial COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Rogers became part of the Canadian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics. She finished in fifth place in the mega event. However, she picked up form right after the Tokyo Olympics, winning her second NCAA title in 2021, while achieving her personal best of 75.52 metres.
Rogers continued her impressive performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she set the Canadian national record of 24.06 metres. She went on to set another national record when she won the NCAA Outdoor Championships, with a throw of 77.67 metres.
The 23-year-old became the first Canadian woman to win a medal at the World Championships when she clinched the silver medal at the 2022 event in Oregon, USA. She continued her streak at the Commonwealth Games, setting a games record with a throw of 74.68 metres in the women’s group A qualifying round.