Throws Report 2012

Monday, January 14th, 2013

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Athletics Ireland Throwing Report 2012
Introduction

This was another exiting year of development in Irish throwing. There were a number of firsts that happened during 2012. We had another batch of record performances and the athletes, coaches, clubs and schools concerned deserve enormous praise.

Again, we benefitted from considerable media exposure in national press, radio and internet coverage about the growth and competitiveness of our athletes. National Squads continued to develop with specific focus on developing coaches as well as athletes. All personal coaches of athletes are encouraged to attend and other interested coaches have an open invitation to come along to observe and share ideas. More attention has been given to the development of strength and conditioning with a dedicated coach appointed. We were also very pleased to welcome several international coaches to join our sessions and further improve our athlete and coach education.

Highlights

There were many highlights during the year and it is hard to single one out specifically. We were delighted that World Junior Hammer Champion Conor McCullough declared his hand by competing for Ireland. This gives us a medal potential looking ahead to Rio de J 2016. Anita Fitzgibbon smashed the women’s long standing javelin record with a great new mark and hopefully will push that further in the coming year – this provided the highlight of the inaugural Multi-Nation Throws Festival held in Tullamore in September.

Hammer throwers were on fire breaking records throughout the summer – James McCabe and Dempsey McGuigan swapped the Junior record between themselves, Adam King and Fellan McGuigan made new marks and Alice Akers was very impressive in winning the schools international and later breaking her older sisters U/17 record. Michaela Walsh from Swinford is making some great progress at U/15.

The Women’s discus a great future with great competition developing in the hands of Clare Fitzgerald, Hannah O’Sullivan, Kayleigh Cronin and Sophie Parkinson with several others pushing them very hard.

Shot Put also had some great performers with the likes of Paul Collins, brothers John and James Kelly, Laura McSweeney and Michaela Walsh again. Javelin throwers were led by Anita Fitzgibbon, but a batch of boys have started to make some noises with Matthew Martin being our best senior at only 18 years old and some great underage talent in Matthew Stockton, Ryan Whelan, Stephen Rice and Jack Magee.

Records Broken

Hammer:
U/23 75.09 Conor McCullough Crusaders AC
Junior 70.02 Dempsey McGuigan Finn Valley AC
U/16 72.24 Adam King Iveragh AC
U/17 71.44 Fellan McGuigan Finn Valley AC
U/18 48.91 Laura McSweeney Bandon AC
U/17 52.22 Alice Akers Marian AC
U/15 48.66 Michaela Walsh Swinford AC

Discus:
U/23 51.22 Clare Fitzgerald
U/17 Girls 43.04 Hannah O’Sullivan
U/16 Girls 42.64 Kayleigh Cronin

Shot Put:
U/19 (Indoor) 15.57 Paul Collins North Westmeath AC
U/13 14.73 James Kelly Finn Valley AC
U/18 13.90 Laura McSweeney Bandon AC
U/15 13.87 Michaela Walsh Swinford AC

Javelin:
Senior 52.97 Anita Fitzgibbon DSD AC

Increasing Performance Levels…

2010 v 2012

Best distances across all age groups  - weight not taken into account

Ranking:

1st

5th

10th

2010

2012

2010

2012

2010

2012

Shot P

M

17.56

17.91

15.05

16.13

14.43

14.76

Shot P

W

13.91

14.35

11.88

12.29

11.55

12.05

Discus

M

57.68

56.93

49.96

50.42

46.09

47.28

Discus

W

44.78

51.22

38.25

41.05

34.08

37.66

Javelin

M

62.57

63.73

55.96

55.91

54.50

53.97

Javelin

W

45.03

52.97

37.93

37.06

34.14

34.74

Hammer

M

68.99

75.09

62.73

69.49

57.06

58.85

Hammer

W

56.54

57.06

49.62

51.04

43.80

47.24

Initiatives
Prosporteurope.com (previously named Polanik)continued their superb support of the developing throwers. A squad was selected under their name and they will be supported additionally to AAI support levels. This has provided great motivation and enthusiasm for the throwing family. Prosporteurope were also instrumental in bringing in hammer Olympic Champion Szymon Ziolkowski for 2 days of top class coaching.

The Templemore International Throws festival was a great success in bringing focus to throws, but also produced an enormous amount of PB’s for athletes as a result of the carefully selected and well matched opposition. This event also included a coaching element with visiting coaches Terry McHugh (Javelin -Switzerland and Ireland) and Petur Gudmundsson (Shot Put - Iceland) providing inspiration for many Irish coaches and athletes.
Dunboyne Athletic Club were the excellent hosts of the first ever Irish Winter throws championship. This event was well supported and provided a great mid year gauge of training progress. The timing of this was crucial, coinciding with the indoor season.

There was excellent collaboration with Athletics NI and several events were co-sponsored between AAI and ANI. It is hoped to develop this partnership for the benefit of all athletes north and south.

Coaching:
This year saw a major revamp of the coach education program at all levels in relation to throws. It is hoped that this will produce more advanced coaches for the future. The visits of several international coaches to Ireland as well as some Irish coaches travelling abroad to International conferences can only enhance the opportunities for our athletes going forward.

Summary

In summary, it was a very satisfying year. We are still not world beaters but we are taking gradual steps forward despite the very minimal investment in the sport. We have a core number of excellent coaches but these need to be added to as quickly as possible. There is a great crop of youth, junior and Under 23 athletes coming through the system now, but we must urgently address how we can retain these athletes going forward. If we can continue with this growth, we have a very exciting future over the next few years.

Competition is very keen from other sports for the body type that will be successful throwers, so we need to be very mindful of that and look to present as many development opportunities as possible. We need to look to give our athletes as much championship experience as possible to enable them to move forward up the learning curve. Athletes that do not get that championship opportunity will very quickly walk from the sport. This is unfortunately Fact, so we need to keep this in mind with any decisions going forward.

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