D.W. Poppy school track coach Senaka Suriya recalls the moment, a few years ago, when he saw group of young boys, Grade 7 and 8 students in their early teens, doing what young boys often do, goofing off during a slow moment on the Langley school training field.
Except for one determined kid, who stood out because he was still working out, practicing his skills without anyone pushing him.
“I thought, ‘hmm, interesting,’” Suriya said.
That was the first time Suriya noticed Ethan Foster.
Since then, the coach says Foster’s work ethic has never wavered.
“He puts in a lot of extra hours,” Suriya said.
Foster comes by it honestly, Suriya discovered.
His father, Scott Foster is founder and head coach of the BC Flyers Athletics Club, which is where Ethan does the bulk of his training.
Scott, a former SFU track athlete, has been responsible for Ethan’s track and field development ever since Ethan’s childhood, Suriya said.
“I feel that we have benefited from the hard work and dedication of Scott,” Suriya told The Times.
Ethan Foster said he likes to focus on fixing technical flaws, looking for ways to adjust his already effective technique to boost his performance.
“I can always work on (improving) technique,” Foster said.
Suriya said it was that ego-free approach that has produced a long string of victories and shattered records that, this weekend saw Foster take gold again despite poor weather conditions.
It was a heavy rain day at the Coquitlam Cheetahs’ 2018 Jesse Bent Invitational Meet on June 9.
“We even had hail,” Suriya said.
Suriya said the athletes agreed to jump anyway, because many had made long trips to compete .
Next up, the 39th Annual Pacific Invitational meet in Langley on Saturday, June 16.
Foster said he was grateful for the guidance and support of Suriya and D.W. Poppy head coach Dale Harrison and principal George Kozlovic, who praised Foster as a “phenomenal athlete.”
Suriya is confident Foster will be standing on a Pan Am Games and maybe even an Olympic podium one day.
“I’m very confident,” the proud coach said.
“It’s a matter of when.