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West Norfolk Athletic Club hosts throws workshop at Alive Lynnsport

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Despite the storms over the weekend West Norfolk AC went ahead with a throws workshop at Alive Lynnsport for discus, shot putters and coaches from across the region.

There were 14 athletes and four coaches in attendance and the workshop was 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.

West Norfolk group (29505880)
West Norfolk group (29505880)

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 this initiative was to offer support to those coaches and athletes.

Carlow said: “We want to help West Norfolk AC create a regional hub for throwers in this area.

“There are some talented athletes locally that could be developed with the right time and resources devoted to them.”

The skills focused upon on the day 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 and using the facilities at Lynnsport.

The idea being to open this up to a wider range of throwers to include javelin and hammer athletes and will include more assistance from national throws development coaches.

Lynnsport has a fantastic facility and would prove an ideal location to educate coaches and athletes from across the region.

Thanks to Stuart Carlaw and England Athletics for funding the workshop, West Norfolk coaching staff and to the athletes and coaches who attended and supported the initiative.

Meanwhile, three West Norfolk athletes competed at the British Universities Championships at Sheffield EIS.

Throws 3 (29505873)
Throws 3 (29505873)

Nathan Protheroe had a good weekend competing for the University of East Anglia.

There were 40 senior men long jumpers competing at British universities championships.

Protheroe finished the group stages in 12th place with his best jump being his third and final leap of 6.38m. Only the top 12 went through to the final the next day.

In the final he jumped 6.25m to finish in 11th place overall.

Lucy Edwards represented the University of Nottingham, also in the long jump, recording a leap of 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.

The previous weekend the Eastern Regional Champs took place at the Lee Valley Indoor athletics centre.

Protheroe, pictured right, came away with the bronze medal and a season best jump.

He recorded 6.19m with his first jump, which was enough to see him through to the final six athletes to have three extra jumps.

The youngster then jumped 6.22m which put him fifth, with the two athletes ahead of him both on 6.32m, before pulling 6.42m out of the bag on his final jump.

Beth Barrett also competed at the Easterns in the under-17 60m hurdles where she recorded a personal best time of 10.07s before also competing in the 60m sprint.

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