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Bergamin eyes OFSAA glory;
But first he's out to capture another NOSSA championship

Reported May 30, 2007 by Peter Ruicci for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Sir James Dunn's JJ Bergamin it taking aim at NOSSA and OFSAA titles.

JJ Bergamin is hoping less turns into more. A lot more.

Feeling he threw the javelin too much a year ago, the 18-year-old has scaled back his training in hopes of making amends, heading into the 2007 Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) track and field meet.

The two-day event begins Thursday in North Bay.

A year ago, after winning the senior boys javelin and finishing second in the high jump, Bergamin struggled at NOSSA.

He was fourth in javelin - unacceptable for the athlete who still owns the provincial javelin junior record - and sixth in the long jump.

At last week's city meet, Bergamin won both the javelin and long jump.

"But now I'm definitely determined to redeem myself at NOSSA," the Sir James Dunn track star said. "Last year at NOSSA . . . it just wasn't a good day. I peaked way too early last year. I threw too much before the city meet and before NOSSA."

In his third go-around as a senior competitor, the Grade 12 student says his current plan is to peak just prior to this year's Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships.

That meet is slated for June 7-9 in Ottawa.

"I still haven't reached my potential," said Bergamin, who threw 58.39 metres as a junior in 2004 to establish the OFSAA standard.

His winning throw at this year's city meet was 47.83 metres.

Bergamin used the words "pretty weak" to describe that effort. When asked, he couldn't put his finger on why his numbers have dropped.

"But I want to definitely win NOSSA this week and have a good showing at OFSAA," he added. "I know it's very optimistic, but I want to win OFSAA again."