Up for auction to the highest bidder, a signed London 2012 competition singlet. Proceeds will help my coach fly over to Moscow with me for the World Championships.
If you are interested contact me via my facebook fan page, or mention me on twitter @bennharradine
Recently I posed the idea of asking some of my fans to shoot me some questions to be answered. Sensible or not I endeavor to answer them the best way i know how… Here we go:
It’s been a rocky few months. Lots of moves, finding a new domain, and working hard to get my body fit to throw again. It’s frustrating with technical events. I feel super powerful just inconsistent. Spraying throws all over the place.
My last 3 throws sessions have shown some decent promise. Hitting good markers with overweights and tools and trying to wrestle niggles related to not throwing for a while.
Tonight I had some great warm ups, even one of the officials was surprised but consistency was all over the shop.
After my second round I was hurting so Dad said “conditions have improved if you gonna rip one do it now but do it well” we had a plan coming here to execute some big throws. To be aggressive and use my experience.
so in I go and rip I did.
Was so pleased to post an A qualifier. Everything else is a bonus. It’s important not to get too far ahead of ourselves. Health is key this year.
Now back to base, get this back sorted and work on some consistency.
Thank you to the lovely folks of Townsville. So welcoming and friendly. Thanks primarily to Dad. You are my rock and the times we share are always fun! Enjoying this Athletics game and keeping up the smiles! #popsflipsthebird #yolothrow
You know those times when you feel like nothing in your life could be worse. When things don’t go the way you like them too, and you complain like the world is going to end? Meet Raymond. This guy is a true testament to the word resilience. WIthout going into the entire details of his story I can share with you that Ray was a budding rugby league player. He showed a great deal of promise as a junior. That all changed when Ray had a horrific car accident.
Originally from a cattle station in the Far North West of Queensland, Rays family sold up and moved into town to help rehabilitate him after his rehab. Driving countless hours back and forth from Charters Towers to make sure he was having the right care and his recovery was the best it could be.
Ray’s passion for sport remains and he throws a mean discus! Last year he was competing with me when I broke the Australian Record in Townsville. He gave me his very “unique” Charters Towers Athletics Club “Singlet” in which I wore with pride in Europe (as hideous as it is)
Ray is back again, training with me and cracking his usual jokes. Dad is spending some time helping him with his technique which has improved significantly in a short time. Its people like Ray and his loving family that remind me and us all, that we are fortunate to have what we have. Ray, although significantly hindered by his disabilities is limited by nothing. Mentally strong and happy to be alive.
I would like to say thank you to Ray and his family for keeping my feet on the ground. For inspiring me and reminding me to be thankful to my family and my lovely lady for being my number 1 supporters through thick and thin.
The Charters Towers “Singlet”
Myself and Ray
When you throw stuff around hundreds and thousands of times in your career something has to give. When I retire, whenever that may be, I’m surely going to be able to look down at my fingers, (that look like a bag of Twisties) and be reminded of the countless numbers of throws I did in training.
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The old team back together for a great week of training in Canberra. I would like to thank the physical therapy team at the institute for their continual help in getting me stronger than ever!
The sadistic physio Ben Rae-Smith continued to make me suffer but this time he tried a different approach. Tying his hair in pig tails in the effort to take my mind off the pain…worked for 20 seconds.
Keep your eye out for #popsflipsthebird as he continues to make sure we don’t take ourselves too seriously
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It’s Monday and who could think of a better way to start the week than locking in to focus with your coach for a week of throwing weights around!!
After this coffee of course!…