Millman uses national camp to improve throwing techniques
Peter Millman is hoping to make Canada's under-18 youth throwing team this summer.
TRURO – Although it wasn't the start of his journey, a throwing camp in Phoenix could be a significant step in Peter Millman's road to qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The 17-year-old Truro resident recently returned from a two-week national team training camp. Even though it was for those 18 and older, he was on a special invite from Canadian Olympic coach Larry Steinke and it gave Millman the chance to rub elbows with some of Canada's top throwers.
"It was amazing," said Millman, who throws locally with the Truro Lions club team and the Cobequid Educational Centre Cougars. "It was probably the best experience I've had in my life to throw with the guys I've idolized since I started throwing."
At the camp were future and current Olympians like Jim Steacy, a hammer finalist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and Dylan Armstrong, who finished fourth in the shotput in Beijing.
It was a learning experience like none other for Millman, who currently holds eight provincial records. The young thrower got to watch how the best prepare themselves and had the opportunity to soak up technical knowledge that helped him get the most out of each throw.
"Just to see what they put in everyday to get to where they are really showed me what I need to do if I want to pursue that as a career," Millman said.
The results have been drastic. Since December, when some of the Lions went to work with Steinke for a week at the University of Lethbridge, to the end of the Phoenix session, Millman is throwing the hammer 64 metres, 11 metres further than his personal best from last summer.
He's excited for what the summer has in store now that he's equipped with new training and throwing techniques.
The added distance could land him a spot on Canada's under-18 youth squad, which will be competing at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Lyon, France, in July. The standard to make the team is 62 metres, two under what Millman is throwing now.
"So hopefully I get on the team," he said.
Making that team could be the next milestone in getting to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
"I talked to the coaches about it and if I keep training and keep progressing at the rate I am, hopefully it's a realistic goal. It would be amazing."
Name: Peter Millman
School: Cobequid Educational Centre
Sport: Hammer throw
Did you know: Millman currently hold eight provincial records