International Throws Festival – Templemore, Co Tipperary
Saturday, 1st September 2012
Men: Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland, Leinster, Munster, Connaught
Women: Ireland, Switzerland, Wales, Leinster, Munster, Connaught
11.30Team Parades from Town to track
12.45Shot Put (M)Discus (W)
13.251 Mile (M & W)
15.20Shot Put (W)
17.00Throws Coaching Clinic
Javelin (Terry McHugh) & Rotational Shot Put (Petur Gudmundsson)
Local athletics fans will be thrilled that strong teams will represent each country, including some athletes who competed at the London Olympic Games. As well as Ireland’s leading athletes, leading international athletes are likely to be Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir – Iceland (62.77m, Javelin - Women), Carys Parry – Wales (66.31m – Hammer – Women), Óðinn Björn Þorsteinsson - Iceland (19.80m, Shot Put - Men), Martin Bingisser – Switzerland (67.90m, Hammer - Men), Örn Davíðsson – Iceland (71.50m, Javelin - Men), Lukas Wieland – Switzerland (65.17m, Javelin – Men).
Athletics Ireland would encourage all Irish throwing fans, athletes and coaches to get to Templemore and support all these Irish and International athletes and give them a great welcome.
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.