I was able to get in touch with Tom Walsh of New Zealand. For anyone who doesn’t know who he is, Tom won the Indoor World Championships this past winter and has a gnarly right leg out the back of the circle. Here are a few questions I had for him:
I come from a family of throwers and I progressed very quickly. What was your progression through high school and university?
I picked up shot put at about 14 years old, but didn’t do much of it. I was playing a lot of cricket and rugby at the time, they were my 2 main sports. For the next few years i would be lucky to get down to the track 2 times a week. I kept on improving and started to take it more seriously at about 17, I did not touch the weight room until I had left school at age 18 so i had plenty for room to grow as a thrower, After school i didn’t go to uni instead i started my building apprenticeship which i have just finished. It only took me 6 years but i got there. As I got into my earlier 20s I was see some real improvement and there for stopped playing Rugby and cricket want forced on shot put. From there I missed out on world champs 2013 by 1cm, which really made me the thrower I am today. I have attached a list of my progressions.
|2016||21.54||London (Olympic Stadium)||23 JUL|
|2015||21.62||Zagreb (Sports Park Mladost)||07 SEP|
|2014||21.24||Glasgow (Hampden Park)||27 JUL|
|2013||20.61||Melbourne (Albert Park)||12 DEC|
|2010||16.96||Victoria, CAN||07 JUL|
No, not really. my warm up can consist of anything from throwing a frisbee, Slack lining, to knee slaps or just going for a lap around the track, I figure that in my career that i will have to do thousands of warm ups, so my not make them fun and different.
I know workout routines can be very detailed, but could you give us some insight on what your weekly routine looks like?
Power clean 165kg x2
Power snatch Don’t do them
Deadlift dont do them
So i make enough money to live and i get to Invest a little bit.
So you had an epic showing in Portland Oregon at the Indoor World Championships. It seemed like from the get go you were in a groove. Of course you planned to throw well at that meet but did you expect to throw that consistently well?
I new I was in pretty good shape to throw far as i was throwing very well in training leading into the comp, I did feel like I had a wee bit more to give, I never really lined one up. when I’m in that kind of shape I’m quiet consistent so it wasn’t a surprise.
How do you feel going into Rio? They say “if it’s not broke don’t try to fix it.” That being said l, are you just simply replicating the training months prior to your showing at the Indoor Worlds?
The peak at world indoors was a a lot shaper than the one will be at rio it was a 2/3 week peak, the one at rio will be a 4/5 week peak but it should do the same as what happened at world indoors, i am 3 weeks into it at the mo and everything thing is starting to line up nicely.
A serious question and you don’t have to answer and I won’t make mention of it unless you are ok with it….Out of the throwers competing at this Olympics how many do you think are cheating by using PEDs? No names just a number. Again you don’t have to answer this and if you don’t I won’t even mention that this question was asked.
What distance do you think will make it into the top 12 for qualifying? What distance do you think will make the top 8?
i think you’ll have to throw 20.15m and above to make the top 12 and 20.50 to make the top 8.
When you retire from throwing, what do you see yourself doing to stay healthy? What do you see yourself doing as a career?Well first of all i hope it is a long way away. I am only 24, so hope to have a number of good years in front of me. Staying fit? um i enjoy going on nature walks and we have plenty of them in NZ to do, i also love playing golf so walking 7km two times a week will hopefully keep me in shape. i don’t think i will keep lifting i think by then i will have had enough of it.