Olympic javelin champion Thomas Röhler and three-time European javelin medallist Tero Pitkämäki along with their respective coaches have confirmed their attendance at the fourth edition of the World Javelin Conference which will be staged in Kuortane, Finland from 17-19 November.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Long Term Skill Development in the Javelin Throw” and the programme will be highlighted by lectures from some of the world’s leading coaches along with practical demonstrations.
The conference will begin in earnest on 18 November with a lecture on the biomechanics of the javelin throw presented by Mike Barber from the Australian Institute of Sport. Mike is in the process of completing his PhD in javelin biomechanics and coaches some of the country’s top throwers, including Commonwealth bronze medallist and Olympian Kelsey-Lee Roberts.
The day will continue with presentations from Terseur Liebenberg and Hannu Kangas who will chart the long-term progression of their star throwers. Liebenberg is the coach of Olympic silver medallist and two-time world medallist Sunette Viljoen while Kangas will inform the audience about the long-term development and training changes of Tero Pitkämäki over the years.
The stage will then be reserved for Thomas Röhler and his coach Harro Schwuchow. They will open up about Röhler’s path to the Olympic gold medal this summer before the day ends with lecture on training skills by Sami Kalaja, the director of the Research Institute for Olympic Sports in Finland.
The last day of the conference will begin with Mike Barber giving another lecture followed by a practical demonstration with Kelsey-Lee Roberts. The Director of Science and Technical Development from English Institute of Sport Dr. Steve Ingham will deliver a lecture about applying sport science to elite throwers while two members of the English Cricket Board will deliver a presentation on preventing lower back injuries.
Renowned coach Petteri Piironen will then give a lecture followed by a demonstration on how to coach and develop talented young javelin throwers and the conference is set to conclude with a presentation from Tamas Feher on the topic of “Modifying Olympic Lifts to Enhance Movement.”