Sat 2nd Nov 2019

Our newly appointed head coach of throws, Martin McBriar, provides an overview of the successes in the throws group

The throws group went from strength to strength over the 2018-19 season with more throwers than ever before participating regularly at training and representing the club at league and open events.

Over the season more than 20 athletes achieved AAA standard awards in over 30 events – a fantastic performance. In addition to this lots of personal bests were achieved and all of the group improved their throwing technique in a fun atmosphere!

In addition to the above 5 athletes were awarded honours from the club;

Most Improved Junior (female) – Erin McBriar

Improved her discus PB by over 10m in a year. Erin won the Hampshire Championships, finished 9th in the UK rankings, broke the WADAC club record and represented Hampshire at Inter County level.

Most improved Junior (male) – Charlie Elford-Pond

Charlie has improved beyond measure this season. Hadn’t any real experience throwing discus at the beginning of the season and now throwing over 30m. Phenomenal progress and a real talent for the future.

U15 Track and Field (female) – Olivia Busher

Won medals at County and regional level in Javelin – finalist at English Schools and broke the WADAC club record. Great talent and promising future ahead. Finished 6th in UK Rankings for 2019 season.

U17/U20 Track and Field (male) – Sam Clifton

Fantastic season throwing over 56m in Hammer and breaking the club record. Sam was a finalist at English schools in an incredibly close contest. Finished 7th in UK rankings for 2019.

Inspirational Young female – Tamsin Hoult

Tamsin was recognised for her outstanding commitment to WADAC - not only does she compete for the Club but she gives up a lot of her time to officiate, having trained as a starter and field official. In one SAL match in 2018 she ended up competing in 4 events when she was only supposed to be officiating, and she often end up doing both at matches. She is chief starter for Sportshall, has a great attitude and is an exceptional role model for the younger children. She certainly goes above and beyond for someone so young.

The WADAC throws group is always looking to grow and develop and would welcome more members to come and have a go at throwing. In particular we’d welcome any more help and support from parents and coaches who would like to learn more about throwing and could help us provide more opportunities for athletes to participate. If you are interested please contact Martin McBriar – Head coach of throws on