History of The ACT Throwers Club
My name is Les Bottles, a level 4 specialist Coach with the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association, I started the ACT Throwers Club in approximately 1982, originally I was based at the AIS Throwing field and in 2000 I decided to look for a more amenable situation, due to restraints put on my athletes eg: entry fees, locked gates plus many other issues I decided to move, along with some other members of the Throwers Club I approached the Department of Sport and Recreation pleaded my case for the need of another throwing field in the ACT, and I was given a number of grounds, classed as non managed grounds to look at, and Warramanga Oval was the ground chosen.
We immediately started fund raising and sponsorship and along with help from Sport & Recreation Warramanga became a reality in 2001. We firstly had the cages complete with circles erected along with the shot putt area but due to problems with materials and bad workmanship the first Javelin Runway fell apart after three years, by this time I was by myself as all committee members were either retired from Athletics or just not interested, so I again approached Sport & Recreation and after a lot more fund raising along with sponsorship, plus I was told of a community assistance programme being run by the Quambi Detention Centre, that allowed detainees to put something back into the community, so I approached the centre and with the help a number of the inmates, the Javelin runway was laid with concrete donated by Boral Country Concrete & Quarries, then the new rubber Javelin Runway was laid over the top, the Throwers Club has and continues to help young and old athletes that do not have a coach.
I have a proud record of achievements since I began the club all those years ago, many nationally ranked athletes have come from this club and many other promising athletes continue to do so, I have included some information regarding the results of past and present athletes, I am very proud to state that the ACT Throwers Club has some of the best throwers in the ACT, as the enclosed information shows there has been at least one No1. Nationally Ranked athlete for the best part of the life of this club, the club has also produced along with Paralympian Murray Goldfinch who attained World Champion status in both Discus and Shot Putt at the 2005 INAS-FID World Championships held in Canberra Murray went on to defend and retain the Shot Putt title but unfortunately lost the Discus title at the INAS-FID World Championships held in Brazil in 2007, another Paralympian by the name of Michael Dowling an above the knee left leg amputee represented Australia at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics in Discus.
One athlete Greg Mace toured Great Britain, Lisbon and Portugal as a member of the 1994 Australian Junior Team, then in 1993 Amanda Butler toured Japan in 1989 she was also chosen as part of an Australian Junior Team she also qualified to compete at 1989 Commonwealth Games Trials held in Sydney, they both acquitted themselves admirably, the 2000 Australian Olympic Hammer representative Mr.Stuart Rendell began his career as a Discus thrower with me and was highly ranked as an U16, 60 metre plus thrower, he later changed to Hammer.
Greg Mace, Amanda Butler and Terry Martin another throwers club athlete still hold records in the ACT. Amanda also qualified to compete at the 1989 Commonwealth Games Trials held in Sydney, she performed well but unfortunately did not reach the standard required.
This is only a brief insight into the past 30 years, there are many more very fine performances not included here, although it is only a brief look at the ACT Throwers Club, it is something that I am very proud of, especially the many young and exciting people I have worked with in the past and continue to work with today.
The Throwers Club primarily caters to athletes from 14 years onwards, but I do offer assistance to younger athletes and have done so from day one I also have had a close relationship with the Veterans athletes , my aim is to build a strong and sound base of throwers in the ACT and surrounds.
I have also actively worked with local Schools, Colleges and Universities with their athletic programmes over the years, mainly coaching their throwers as well as teaching the University PE students the Basics of throwing
ACT Throwers Club
16th September 2012
Monday to Friday 3.30pm to 5.00pm, Sunday 9.00 am to 11.00 am.
These times can be flexible, for all enquires, please call Les Bottles on 0401520767