Cory Holly Classic

5th Annual Vernon Throws Challenge >Masters Throws Spring Clinic 2021<

Like all athletes everywhere, Masters athletes (regardless of current performance level) need coaching, but Masters need coaches and teachers that understand the biology and health aspects of aging athletes. The fact is that very little coaching is available for Masters Throwers throughout BC and even nationwide. Hence, the wise thing for all of us as mature aging athletes dedicated to our sport, is to attend an education clinic AT THE BEGINNNING OF THE SEASON, then take this experience, insight and knowledge with us and put it into action as we train and compete in the upcoming season.

Masters Throws Clinic April 2021 Vernon BC (exact date to be announced)

Classroom Theory, Films, Sports Nutrition, Technique, Injury Treatment & Prevention, Competition Preparation, Training Protocols, etc...


On the field throwing technique demo's and one-on-one Masters age specific coaching featuring hammer, shot, discus, javelin and weight throw

Saturday August 28th 2021 Competition Vernon BC

Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Weight Throw and Weight Throw Pentathlon

Open Competition (BC Residents Only)
Open to all local & non-Vernon Track and Field athletes
Sanctioned by BC Athletics M/F Ages 12yr - 100yr+

Fourth Annual Cory Holly Classic (September 19th, 2019)

In spite of a previous COVID related cancellation in August and smoke hazard warnings, six new records were established in the Fourth Annual Cory Holly Track and Field Classic Sept 19th at the Greater Vernon Athletic Park.

91 year old Vernon resident Larry Chalmers, competing in the Masters Men division, set a new BC record in the hammer throw of 19.73 metres. Mrytle Acton, 87, of Sooke, competing in the Masters Women division, set a Canadian record in the hammer throw (21.49 metres) and a world record in the weight throw (9.87 metres).

Merek Glowacki, 80, of Revelstoke, competing in the Masters Men division, set two Canadian records, one in the shot put with a distance of 11.63 metres and another in the Throws Pentathlon with a total score of 4086 points.

Christine Hinzmann, 57, of Prince George, also a Masters Women competitor, set a new BC record of 9.55 metres in the weight throw. Christine also set a new BC record in the Throws Pentathlon with a total score of 2632 points.

Cory Holly, 62, Meet Director and competitive hammer thrower, said that 25 athletes from across BC ranging in age from 13 to 91 came out to express themselves in the sport they love. Thanks very much to all the athletes, staff, volunteers, coaches and officials for helping make this local community event a tremendous success.

2020 Meet Results | Prince George Citizen Newspaper Article

Third Annual Cory Holly Classic (August 24th, 2019)

Thanks very much to all athletes, staff, volunteers, coaches, officials and spectators for helping make this local community event a success. This year we had 63 Track & Field entries (M/F - ages 11-91) in 4 throwing events including hammer, discus, javelin and shot put.

A new BC record was set by 61 year old Masters competitor Michael Houser in the Mens Hammer (48.60m). This year the weather was splendid and no smoke! To quote one of our local spectators, "This event was extremely well run and provided a friendly warm atmosphere for everyone involved."

Meet Results

Meet Highlights

Dylan Armstrong Hammer Clinic

Kamloops Bondarchuk Cup / BC Throws Project Sept 27th-29th, 2019

Second Annual Cory Holly Classic (August 25th, 2018)

Thanks very much to all athletes, staff, volunteers, coaches, officials and spectators for helping make this event a success. Three new records were set, Kian Zabihi (MB) in hammer (64.43m) and Mike Deady (M65) in discus (46.10m) and shot (12.54m). Hammer and discus were both Canadian Records. Shot was BC.

Many competitors achieved PB's in spite of the smoke. I personally was impressed by many outstanding performances. Thankfully, the weather did hold out and actually began to clear as the meet went on. Event times were pretty much on time. Our predicted time of completion was 3:00 pm. The last shot was 'put' as a wrap-up for the meet at 2:57 pm.

Meet Results | Vernon Morning Star | CHC 2018 Video

First Annual Cory Holly Classic (August 19th, 2017)

The Vernon Throws Challenge, hosted by the Cory Holly Institute at Vernon’s beautiful new track, was a great success. The athletes were in fine form and the official’s top notch. Our management team and volunteers performed with extraordinary dedication. Special thanks to Tracy Holly, Hedley Larson, Attila & Eszter Torok, Mitchell Harris and Michael Harrington.

Outstanding performances included a 53.84m hammer throw by 16 year old Phoebe Price-Roberts from Lake Country and a 38.31m hammer throw by 12 year old Kian Zabihi of Vernon. Margaret Raffan age 90 from Armstrong impressed everyone with her enthusiastic participation in the discus and javelin. Margaret was joined by her 62 year old son Don Raffan in the discus, javelin and hammer, and by her 54 year old daughter in-law Diana Raffan in the discus and javelin. This event was truly a family affair!

The men’s javelin line-up included 75 year old Victor Aksenov from Kelowna who actually competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on behalf of the Soviet Union. Each athlete and spectator alike sported a congenial attitude of appreciation. Not one athlete walked away without a medal. Thanks to all who contributed and made this amazing event possible. We look forward to a bigger and better event next year! Live Long...Throw Far!

~ Vernon Morning Star Aug 25th, 2017

Meet Results

Event Host and Executive Producer

Meet Our Event Team

Team Leader

Cory Holly is the Founder of the Cory Holly Institute. Cory is a Grandmaster natural bodybuilding champion and competitive Masters hammer thrower. He is a father to three and a grandfather to six.

Team Leader

Tracy Holly is the Managing Director of the Cory Holly Institute. She is a whole food cook and the author of The Athlete's Cookbook and Sports Nutrition for Kids. Tracy teaches Latin, Ballroom and Bollywood dancing and manages a Latin Dance Troupe in Vernon. She loves her grandchildren and encourages all kids to be active and fit.

Meet Officer

Hedley Larsen is an insurance agent with Capri Insurance. He is the Throws coach with the Vernon AAA Track club and is also a competitive Masters Discus and Shot put thrower. Hedley loves coaching and being involved with track and field. He is a proud father of three.

Meet Officer

Attila Torok is a born and raised Hungarian hammer thrower who was privileged to train and compete with some of the best throwers in the world for 10 years. Master coach Pál Németh helped Attila achieve several national champion titles at an early age. Attila's hammer training ended at age 18 due to mandatory military service, but his passion for the hammer was fused into his heart forever. Today Attila throws for fun, but he plans to get back to competition and help others improve their technique/distance.

Medical Officer

Eszter Torok is a Nurse at Interior Health in Salmon Arm where she lives with her husband Attila and their two children. She is originally from Szombatnely, Vas, Hungary.

Our Officials (white) and Management Team (grey)

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