Tomas Walsh (born 1 March 1992) is a shot putter from New Zealand . His personal best of 21.50m (70′ 6″) 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.
2008 … est 16.50m () 5 kg
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″)
2015… 21.50m (70′ 6″)
How has your training been going recently?
Training has been going really well after a little downer in Monaco and throwing a new personal best a week later.
What is the focus of your training schedule?
To be able to let go and not worry too much about the technical stuff, I seem to throw a lot better when my mind is free.
Is there anything new you are implementing into your training?
No, we’re just doing the same things, no need to change anything when it is working, just building up to Worlds [Championships].
What technical issues are you working on?
As I said earlier, not too much, just working more on the mind-set of letting go. My throw seem to flow much better, when I do this the throw it is a lot fuller. The technical stuff takes care of itself when I do it right.
Where are you currently training?
We had a block in Georgia with Don [Babbitt] and Reese [Hoffa] in May and June and we have been in Mannheim, Germany since the New York Diamond League competition. It’s a great place to train becuase it has places to throwing inside and outside.
Will you be attending any training camps at another site? If so, where and when?
Yes, Athletics New Zealand has a pre-camp in Saga, Japan, about one hour south of Tokyo.
Who is your current coach?
Aussie Dale Stevenson is my coach, he retired from throwing three years ago after going to the London Olympics and now works for Athletics New Zealand.
Are you training with your coach on site or long distance?
On site, he has been with me the whole time apart for a two week holiday he took with his wife, but we train together in New Zealand.
Are you currently working a job? If so, what and how many hours a week?
Yes and no. I work as a builder when I’m home; which is only about five or six months a year as I’m way competing the rest of the time. I find it is good to keep my mind fresh because throwing shot can sometimes be hard work physically and mentally.
What competitions do you have planned?
I have one competition on the 15th of August before Worlds, we throw on 23rd of August in Beijing and then off to Europe for three weeks of the last round of competitions.
When is your travel schedule in Asia?
Off to Saga [Japan] August 8 and Beijing on the 17th.
Will any friends or family be travelling to Beijing?
No, they’ll be watching online or on television.