The Summer season has come to a close and pre winter training has begun in the Turnhouse Camp. We had a busy summer with a number of Personal Best performances and podium finishes. The depth and experience of the group has grown massively. Turnhouse Hammer Academy has certainly established itself as one of the top throwing groups in the UK.
Olympian Chris Bennett finished his season number one in Scotland and threw a credible throw of 73.23m. Chris is our most experienced athlete and just missed out on World Championship selection this year. Chris competed around Europe producing podium finishes but succumbed to a lower back injury the tail end of the season. Chris’s training is well under way for Tokyo 2020. All of the Turnhouse gang are behind him 100%.
Ciaran Wright has had a fantastic season. He finished with a throw of 67.33m and second in Scotland. In a very competitive year for British men’s hammer throwing, Ciaran managed to break into the top 10 in the UK. Ciaran has grown in confidence and is determined to break the 70m barrier next season.
Craig Mullins continues to train with our training group but due to University commitments and an on-going hip injury has been unable to compete this summer. Craig has had to adapt his training a lot but is still keen to progress as a hammer thrower.
Natalie Robbins finished her season with a personal best throw of 58.15m. She is getting ever closer to the magical 60m barrier. Natalie finished 2nd in the Scottish Senior ranks. Natalie has big aspirations to perform well next season in her final year as un U23. She is also on schedule to represent Scotland at the next Commonwealth Games in a few years time.
Alix Fairley (U17) finished 2nd in Scotland in her first year with Turnhouse Hammer Academy. Alix improved to 47.23m where she threw this at the Scottish National Championships to finish 2ndplace. Last year Alix was 5th in Scotland with 45.88m. Alix also won the East District title this season.
She will be in her first year U20 this season and is already looking forward to seeing how far she can throw the heavier 4Kg hammer.
Everyone involved in the Turnhouse Hammer Squad would like to thank Witherby for all the support they have provided for them. It is a massive help to the athletes and coaches. It helps with our travel to competitions, specialist hammer equipment, rehab and general training costs. We will continue to work hard to improve each year and get to the top.
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