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THROWING EVENTS
by Glyn Davies

 

Wimborne Athletics Club has a good range of facilities and equipment coupled with two experienced and fully qualified coaches, to provide appropriate coaching to all age groups and abilities in all THROWING EVENTS. 
Indoor equipment enables us to operate all year round but the training is geared towards the summer competition season. However, there is no pressure to compete and our main objective is to ensure you enjoy the events.

Our range of equipment enables children as young as 9 to start throwing without straining themselves. You do not have to be big, but strength, speed and above all determination will be major advantages. Our training methods are varied and attempt to promote a complete Athlete. The appeal of throws is that each of the 4 major disciplines shot putt, javelin, discus and hammer requires different techniques and can, therefore, play to the strengths of various youngsters. Our training sessions expose athletes to all throwing events although inevitably specialisation will develop according to either the appeal of the event or to the strength of the athlete.

 

We currently have a small but motivated group of throwers who are feeding off the success of one particular athlete who has had significant achievements at national level and is high in the current UK rankings. 

Louise Watton
U15 English Schools Champion

Louise Watton, from Lytchett Matravers has been an active member of the club for almost 7 years and has worked hard to achieve her success over the last 2 seasons - she is still only 16 years old. She has always been happy to participate in numerous sports, but has found a particular aptitude for field events despite not being particularly big for her age.

 

So if you're keen to have a go at throwing and follow in the footsteps of many good local athletes, why not turn up at the QE Leisure Centre at 10am any Saturday and HAVE A GO.

 

Just a few statistics about throwing to whet your appetite.

 

WORLD RECORDS

Menís Shot Putt

Ralph Rose

USA

1909

15.54m

Parry O'Brien

USA

1959

19.30m

Randy Barnes

USA

1990

23.12m

 

Parry O'Brien broke the record 10 times in his career. Geoff Capes was Great Britains well-known shot-putter who went on to complete in the finals of WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN.

 

Womenís Shot Putt

Gisela Mavermeyer

GER

1934

14.38m

Tamara Press

USSR

1965

18.59m

Natalya Lisovskay

USSR

1987

22.63m

 

Menís Javelin

Eric Lemming

SWE

1912              

62.32m

Jan Zelezny

CZH

1996

98.48m

 

There have been changes in the Javelin specification over the years. Steve Backley is our most successful javelin thrower but has just missed out twice on Olympic Gold.

 

Womenís Javelin

Nan Grindele

USA

1932

46.75m

Petra Felke

GER

1988

80.00m

 

After the specification of the javelin was altered distances achieved reduced. The current record is 68.19m held by Trine Hattestad of Norway since 1999. Great Britain have produced 2 world class throwers in Fatima Whitbread who was a former world record holder and Tessa Sanderson who won Olympic Gold in 1984.

 

Menís Discus 

James Duncan

USA

1912

47.58m

Jurgen Schult

GER

1986

74.08m

 

Jurgen Schult increased the record by over 2 METRES - a significant achievement.

 

Womenís Discus

Gisela Mavermayer

GER

1936

47.58m

Gabriele Reinsch

GER

1988

76.80m

 

Menís Hammer

Patrick Ryan

USA

1913

57.77m

Yuriy Sedykh

USSR

1986

86.74m

 

Womenís Hammer

Mihaela Meliute

ROM

1999

76.07m

 

Remember the throwing events have an appeal to a cross-section of younger athletes. If you feel you're not big enough, your speed and flexibility will probably compensate for this. We do some weight training and a lot of work with medicine balls. The throwing will help your performance in any other sport in which you participate. So, why not have a go - you've nothing to lose.

 

For more information please contact: 

Glyn Davies on 01202 880862

Tim Watton on 01202 632468

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