Tomas Walsh (born 1 March 1992) is a shot putter from New Zealand . His personal best of 21,26m (69’9″) is the National and Oceanian record. He was the bronze medallist at the 2014 World Indoor Championships and the silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
2009 … 20,21m (66′ 3¾”) 5 kg
2010 … 18,82m (61′ 9″) 6kg | 17,57m (57′ 7¾”) 7.26kg
2011 … 20,56m (67′ 5½”) 6kg | 18,83m (61′ 9½”) 7.26kg
2012 … 19,33m (63′ 5″)
2013… 20,61m (67′ 7½”)
2014… 21,26m (69′ 9″)
What do you need to work on, improve?
I want to improve my strength levels with plyometrics and addressing the weak points in my muscular that cause imbalances so I stay injury free.
Where will you be living this summer [in the southern hemisphere]?
Most of my time in Christchurch with a few trips to Melbourne to train with Scotty [Scott Martin] and Damo [Damian Birkinhead]. I might spend some time training in Europe with Val [Adams], but I’m just sorting out what I’m doing this year with competitions and stuff.
Who are you training with?
I have a training partner named Hayden Hall, great lad who supplies a bit of banter. I have a new advisory coach, Dale Stevenson, who will be a great help in terms of technical advice and gym work, and may also join in on a few workouts in attempt to show me up.
Ian Baird is my head technical coach who I’ve been with for seven years I’ll see him weekly. Dale Stevenson will be overseeing my whole program and who I will use as a travel coach and technical advisor, and Angus Ross my strength and conditioning guy. Apart from Angus, I see everyone weekly, Angus I see when necessary.
Are you throwing already?
Yes I am, about 4-5 throwing sessions a week in the off-season with a great emphasis on time on the ball.
What weight lifting exercises will you do?
A variety of deadlifting, benching and squats with a lot of Olympic lifting. With specific emphasis on different blocks of training whether it be a strength or speed phase.
Are you going to try anything new this off-season?
Yes, specifics I’m not sure on but with a new strength and conditioning coach I’m sure there will be something.
What will you do to relax?
Still working three days a week as a builder which is good as it takes my mental focus away from the shot, and I just come off five weeks of no training which was good to do stuff I don’t normally do like catch up with mates and see a bit of New Zealand.
When do you plan to compete again?
South Island Champs where I’ll throw some discus but won’t throw the shot until the 23rd of feb where for the first time we’ll be having a street comp.
Thanks Norm, let me know if there is anything you want me to elaborate on.