ATHLETICS: Despite the storms over the weekend West Norfolk AC still went ahead with a throws workshop at Lynnsport for discus, shot putters and coaches from across the region.
There were 14 athletes and four coaches in attendance for the workshop led by national throws coach Stuart Carlaw with support from West Norfolk throws coach Al Williams and Marianne Oakley.
Carlaw is regional coach and athlete development lead for throws for the Midlands Region and is also national talent lead for the shot for England Athletics.
He is also coach to some of the UK’s top throwing athletes, including junior GB shot putter Lewis Byng.
This area has a great deal of athletes wanting to throw and the initiative was to offer support to those coaches and athletes.
“We want to help West Norfolk AC create a regional hub for throwers in this area,” said Carlaw. “There are some talented athletes locally that could be developed with the right time and resources devoted to them.”
The skills focused upon were effective warm-ups for throwers, shot put technical, discus technical and physical preparation beyond the gym for throwers.
After the success of this weekend there are plans for further workshops to take place with the help of West Norfolk AC, using the facilities at Lynnsport.
The idea being to open this up to a wider range of throwers to include javelin and hammer athletes, including more assistance from national throws development coaches.
Thanks were expressed to Carlaw and England Athletics for funding the workshop, West Norfolk coaching staff and to the athletes and coaches who attended and supported this initiative.
λ Three West Norfolk athletes competed at the British Universities Championships at Sheffield EIS at the weekend.
West Norfolk’s Nathan Protheroe had a good weekend, competing for University of East Anglia.
There were 40 senior men long jumpers competing and Protheroe finished the group stages in 12th place with his best jump being his third and final jump of 6.38m.
In the final he jumped 6.25m to finish 11th overall.
Clubmate Lucy Edwards represented University of Nottingham, also in the long jump, recorded 4.67m.
West Norfolk AC second claim athlete James Greenhalgh competed in the 400m for Sheffield University, despite being unwell, and finished third in his heat in 53.03 seconds.
At the Eastern Regional Championships at the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Centre. a week earlier, Protheroe returned with a bronze medal and a season-best jump of 6.42m.
He recorded 6.19m with his first jump to go through to the final six athletes, gaining an extra three jumps.
He leaped 6.22m to move into fifth, 10cm behind third place and then with the last jump of the competition pulled 6.42m out of the bag.
Beth Barrett competed in the u17 60m hurdles and ran a personal best 10.07. She also competed in the 60m sprint.