Lindsay Hodgins

Three years is all it took for Duncan’s Lindsay Hodgins to become a world junior girls’ champion after starting in horseshoe pitching.

The coveted title was won earlier this year in St. George, Utah.

Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student Hodgins, who celebrates her 17th birthday Saturday, Dec. 21, will have a chance to defend the title in 2014.

The key to Hodgins’ success has been a rapid rise in ringer percentage.

“It’s up to 63%,’’ she said.

There were times when Hodgins first started out if she’d ever be able to throw a ringer, never mind reach that high rate.

“I hit the roof once,’’ she recalled of early mishaps.

“If you can shoot 40, 45% you’re doing fairly good,’’ said grandfather Wayne Hodgins, who put Lindsay on the path to glory at the Victoria Horseshoe Club.

“Right now, Lindsay is actually the highest person in B.C. — man, lady, anybody,’’ said Wayne.

“If she was in the ladies’ group in the worlds which is the best there is, she’d be sitting about sixth in the world in the ladies which is really unbelievable.’’

It’s all made a huge difference in helping Lindsay overcome autism.

“The people I meet,’’ she said is the best part.

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