Rescheduled following the wintry weather conditions back at the end of February, around 30 of Wales' young future throwers from several clubs gathered in Carmarthen on Tuesday evening, 29th May for a Shot Put Masterclass evening with Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete and coach Ryan Spencer Jones.
The session was aimed at coaches and athletes alike and looked at how they can enhance performance particularly around the area of throw velocity. It was an excellent opportunity during the 90-minute session for any shot putters in the West region and their coaches to meet Ryan, participate in a session and discuss with other coaches how best to develop athletes in the sport.
Spencer Jones was joined by one of his athletes, Lucy Griffiths from Pembrokeshire who was on hand to demonstrate a number of techniques and to offer additional support to the youngsters in attendance ranging in a number of different age categories.
The session touched on drills and specific movements that are used by some of the top throws and movement coaches in the world. The evening concluded with all the athletes getting a few throws each, watched and guided by the Commonwealth star, who also provided useful advice for their future development.
Spencer Jones, also Network Officer for South East Wales with Welsh Athletics, commented: "The aim of the evening was to share my thoughts and philosophy around the event to local coaches and athletes. The main aim was to inspire the athletes, to motivate them to pursue throwing long term and make it enjoyable especially with such high numbers."
"The evening was a success with over 30 athletes and many coaches observing. The interaction was great and the athletes listened to each suggestion and description. With committed local coaches from Carmarthen and surrounding areas in attendance, they were able to take away what they wanted from the session. Coaches must continually aim to source new information and methods to help develop a wide range of athletes."
Following the success of the shot put master class, it is hoped that this will lead towards many more of these specific event masterclasses in the months to come across all four regions in Wales.
Elsewhere, it was all eyes on the track on Wednesday evening (30th May) as the second fixture of the new MDAL Series also headed down to Carmarthen having already visited Cardiff Metropolitan University last month. With over 15 clubs represented, the meet provided developing athletes with graded competitions competing against runners of similar abilities. It was an ideal evening for fast racing, with light winds a total of 35 new lifetime best times recorded from the 78 participants.
The full results can be found here: results.welshathletics.org
Welsh Athletics wish to thank Nathan Jones of Carmarthen Harriers for writing the report on both days' action.