Zurich to Host 2014 European Championships

It was great to wake up yesterday and read the news that Zürich had been named host of the 2014 European Championships. After the Olympics and the World Championships, the European Championships are the world’s next biggest athletics competition. In the hammer throw, where nine of the top ten throwers are often from Europe, the level of competition is as good as it gets. More than anything, winning the bid for the European Championships will bring more attention and devote more resources to athletics in Switzerland. As a country, Switzerland is not very competitive in athletics, but the fans still love a good track meet and they host two of the world’s most popular meets every year (Weltklasse Zürich and Athletissima). While no additional resources have been given to the throws, any additional attention for our sport is a good thing. I don’t know if I will still be competing in 2014, but if so it will be an exciting experience to compete in front of an excited home crowd in Zürich.

I actually switched clubs this year from ST Bern to LC Zürich. I decided to change mostly because I will be living in Zürich this summer for my new job. However, Zürich’s commitment to athletics was also a big factor in my decision. This news demonstrates just how seriously my new club and the city treat athletics.  I’ll arrive in Zürich in just two weeks and am eager to train with my new team and start my new job.

In the meantime, the Kamloops Track and Field Club hosted a shot put and hammer throw competition today. With less than a dozen athletes total, it was a small affair and we all trained through the competition. I followed my normal training routine every day this week, including yesterday.  While I am in decent shape right now, my rhythm was a bit off this morning and I threw five sector fouls. My only legal throw was around 64 meters, but I still won the competition and know there is much more there if I get my throw back into the sector like I have been doing all year up until this week.


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