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April 6, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Renowned throw coach coming to Fenwick

The Bishop Fenwick track and field program will host the Phase One Throws Clinic Sunday, April 14 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with world renown John Godina.

The event is open to athletes from any school, and Crusader track coach Jay Smith is pleased to give throwers a chance to learn from the former Olympic champion and world record holder.

Godina is a nine-time Olympic and World Champion medalist and four-time world champ. He is the founder of the World Throws Center and designed a program that is taught to throws coaches around the world.

The event at Fenwick was originally scheduled for February, but a winter snowstorm caused it to be rescheduled.

“We hope to get a good turnout because this is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best throwers we’ve ever had in this country,” said Smith. “We held a coaches clinic with him last November and coaches from all over New England took part. Now, this program offers kids a chance to participate in the drills and learn from Godina.

“His father has been a track coach for a long time, and John is schooled in the methods. He has put together a phenomenal program and has a great way with the people he trains. Our climate is not as conducive to throwing as some other areas of the country. When you look at the Nationals, there aren’t many from Massachusetts; they tend to come from places like Florida and California.”

The emphasis at the clinic will be on learning drills and progressions through participation. Godina stresses the fundamentals of movement preparation and improving techniques with one-of-a-kind WTC drills to increase rotational and linear balance. He uses a drill pack that includes a medicine ball, cone markers, and step hurdles along with one-on-one coaching.

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