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Long Jump Master Class a great success in Carmarthen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:19

A total of fourteen of Wales' juniors of all ages as well as eight coaches from several clubs gathered in Carmarthen on Thursday evening, 9th August for a "Long Jump Master Class" evening with former Welsh coach and experienced club coach, Sue Alvey. Athletes came from the Carmarthen Harriers, Neath Harriers, Llanelli AC and Aberystwyth AC clubs.

This followed on from the successful Shot Put Master Class with coach and Wales Commonwealth Games athlete Ryan Spencer Jones earlier in the summer at the end of May. That evening was aimed at benefiting both coaches and athletes and looked at how athletes and coaches can enhance performance in particular in the area of throw velocity.

Spencer Jones was joined by one of his atheltes, Lucy Griffiths from Pembrokeshire Harriers 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.


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The West Wales region were delighted to be able to put the second evening on at the Leisure Centre facility with support from Sue's wealth of experience and achievements over in the sand, organised by our club coach Jane Batten alongside the Club Network Officer for Dyfed, Andrew Lloyd-Hughes.

It was aimed at benefiting both athletes and coaches in the area and looked at how athletes and coaches can enhance performance and develop their abilities.

It was an excellent opportunity for any experienced or up and coming long jump athletes in the region and their coaches to meet Pembrokeshire Harrier Alvey, observe some demonstrations in a session and discus long jumping techniques and coaching approaches, that they could take back to their own sessions.


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The main areas and break down of the discipline that was looked at was the run-up, take off and flight phase landing. They started off by observing sprint techniques and working on short speed and arm movements before moving onto the runway to concentrate on starting position to ensure perfect take off on the board. To finish off, the athletes went on to jump taking into account the importance of using the arms and use of the legs while landing. As this informative evening came towards its conclusion, the group practiced some stretches on the track which becomes very useful for long jumpers.

Sue was on hand to provide useful advice in their development at the end of this season and as they move onto winter training in preparation for next summer.

Following the success of the shot put & long jump master class, It is hoped that this will lead towards many more of these specific event classes in the next year to come across all four regions in Wales. Our thanks to Sue for delivering the evening and we hope that the youngsters picked up some useful tips for the coming months and years ahead.


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