James Steacy is an 10-time hammer throw champion at the Canadian Track and Field Championships winning every year consecutively from 2004 to 2014, except for 2010 due to injury.
2014 Commonwealth Games champion
2007 Pan Am Games champion
2006 Commonwealth Games silver medallist
2009 World University Games silver medallist
He is the first Canadian to compete in the Olympic men’s hammer throw since John Murdoch placed eighth in the 1924 Olympic Games
10-time Canadian champion (2004-2009, 2011-2014) and a PR of 79.13m (259′ 7″) thrown in 2008.
What do you need to work on, improve?
The biggest focus for me this season will be to improve the level of strength in my legs in order to improve speed throughout the turns. I also will be working hard to improve my “sit” level throughout the throw which will help generate more power, especially leading into the release. One other area that needs work (and always has for me) is the strength of my block on release.
Where will you be living this winter?
I will be living and training at home in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Who are you training with?
I have been training with my coach Larry Steinke since 2000 and will continue to do so for the remainder of my career. I am fortunate enough to see my coach every training session. He was also the throws coach for Team Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
I am a member of the Chinook Track & Field Club and we train at the University of Lethbridge with their track and field team, the Pronghorns. Larry is also the head coach at the University and I am an alum of theUniversity of Lethbridge and an ex-Pronghorn athlete.
Are you throwing in the off-season in practice?
I throw all year-round. There are no points in my training where I am not throwing. The only time of year when I don’t throw is right at the end of the outdoor season when I take a few weeks off.
What weight lifting exercises will you do?
I will be doing a lot more squats this fall/winter. I will also be doing more jumping exercises and plyometric exercises to try to increase speed/strength development in my legs. Significant lower body injuries in 2009-2011 really set me back in being able to train consistently for the 2011-2013 seasons. The 2013-14 season was the first full year of training without any injuries or setbacks that I’ve had since 2009 so this winter leading into the 2015 season will see a lot more volume in both throwing and lifting.
Are you going to try anything new this off-season? If so, what?
I think the biggest thing that will be new is going to be overweight winding drills to build specific hammer strength. I will also be doing more release drills for the same reason.
What will you do to relax? Vacation planned?
I relax by spending time with my wife, family and our dogs. I also read lots and am an avid hockey fan and hockey card collector, so my hobbies keep my mind busy between training sessions. I am sure that my wife and I will try to take a vacation around Christmas time, but nothing has been planned as of yet.
When do you plan to compete again?
As of right now, I am planning to open the 2015 season at ASU in Phoenix at the Sun Devil Classic in April.