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September 1st will be an exciting day for Irish throwing.This is the date for the inaugural International Throws Festival that will be hosted by Tipperary’s Templemore Athletic Club.

National teams from Ireland, Switzerland, Iceland and Wales will fight for honours at the end of a great year for Irish throwing. All competing countries hope that this will be the first year of this annual quadrangular fixture. A full program featuring all 4 throwing events has been scheduled.

Local athletics fans will be thrilled that strong teams will represent each country, including some athletes competing at the London Olympic Games. As well as Ireland’s leading athletes, leading international athletes are likely to be Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir – Iceland (62.77m, Javelin – Women), Carys Parry – Wales (66.31m – Hammer – Women), Óðinn Björn Þorsteinsson – Iceland (19.80m, Shot Put – Men), Martin Bingisser – Switzerland (67.90m, Hammer – Men), Örn Davíðsson – Iceland (71.50m, Javelin – Men), Lukas Wieland – Switzerland (65.17m, Javelin – Men).
Ireland’s team will be selected this week.

Ireland’s team will be selected this week.

We would encourage all Irish throwing fans, athletes and coaches to get to Templemore and support all these Irish and International athletes and give them a great welcome.

As a bonus, the organisers have also arranged that some high profile internationally known coaches who will hold a coaching clinic the day after the event (September 2nd). A number of athletes will be put forward to take part in this event but all athletes and coaches may attend to observe. Details will be released in the near future.

For further details contact David Sweeney (National Throws Co-ordinator) by email at throws@athleticsireland.ie or telephone at +353.87.2353079