A great opportunity exists this weekend for coaches and athletes interested in Javelin and Shot Put. Athletics Ireland in conjunction with Templemore Athletic Club are hosting a coaching clinic after the International Throws match between Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland and Wales.
Terry McHugh, Ireland’s javelin record holder only ever Olympic Javelin thrower and now Swiss National coach will give a short clinic about his views on what makes a javelin go far. He will have some of Ireland’s leading juniors as his training group. Terry is really looking forward to doing this event in Templemore as he is a native of Ballingarry village in Co. Tipperary. This is a rare opportunity for Irish coaches and athletes to listen to Ireland’s 6 time Olympian.
Icelandic coach Peter Gudmundsson will also give a clinic on Rotational Shot Put. Petur is an authority on this event, having competed for many years at international level. Petur was a medallist in the World Indoor Championships and has a personal best of 21.26m. Petur also holds the world record in the Highland games event of throwing the Braemar stone. Despite the fact that the Rotational style is the most common at World and European championship level, Irish throwers have been reluctant to throw the rotational style mainly due to the small number of coaches that promote the event. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best in the game.
All coaches and young athletes are encouraged to make their way to either of the above events. It’s a great time of the year to get some clear thoughts on throwing technique before you start in to a winter of training. There will be a €5 attendance fee, which covers the competition earlier in the day and the coaching clinic.