Vernon Hammer Classic

Vernon Hammer Classic 2017 (Competition & Clinic)

Date: Sunday, April 30th, 2017 (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Besides the competition, the clinic with Derek Evely will be invaluable. There's no better time to receive expert coaching and instruction than at the beginning of the season. This is why I choose the early date of Sunday, April 30th, 2017. Spring is in the air. Come out and show us what ya got!

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Meet & Clinic Schedule & Time Table

9:00 am - 9:45 am Hammer weigh-in for athletes wishing to throw their own implement during competition

10:00 am

Outdoor Meeting begins with welcome from Meet Director and quick intro's, then Chief Official will explain the rules and regulations of hammer throwing.

10:30 am

Warm-up throwing for everyone

11:00 am Competition Begins Hammer Up!

Open Hammer throw event begins, starting with the youngest to the oldest. Six (6) throws permitted per competitor. Flights may be necessary depending on number of participants. During this time a designated videographer will make at least one video of every thrower. This meet is sanctioned by BC Athletics so the throws and any records will be submitted to BC Athletics for record keeping.

1:00 pm Competition Ends Hammer Down!

Throwing Event ends (approx).

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break

Lunch Break. Everyone, including athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers are invited to a complimentary and nutritious hammer lunch at the on site track classroom meeting room (see layout below Building 7). During this time there will be a short lecture on sports nutrition for athletic performance and health, and we will go through some of videos on screen together as a group to discuss, analyze and learn together.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Clinic Begins Get Hammered!

Outdoor Clinic portion begins with Derek Evely

Outdoor drills and personal coaching
Teaching from inside the cage to the group
Winds (swing demo & drills)
Rotation (heel toe turn demo and drills)
Release (demo and drills)
How to warm-up
Injuries (prevention and treatment)
Off-season training
Question and answer period

4:00 pm Clinic Ends

Outdoor Clinic portion concludes

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Novice Throwers Hammer Time!

Open Throwing for Novice Throwers with assistance and coaching

Hammer Throw For the Beginner

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Awards

Awards and medals presented, Special Guest speaker, event ends

Athlete Information

All throwers will be age graded and scored according to BC Athletics standards. Throwing commences from youngest to the oldest. Flights and groups based on age or gender may be necessary to form if the number of throwers in a certain age or gender exceeds a certain total. This will be decided by the Chief Official. After online registration, each thrower will be contacted by email and/or phone to verify age, gender, BC Athletics Membership number, throwing experience, T-Shirt size and details pertaining to the event. This is an open event. International throwers welcome!


Registration Fee Includes the following:

  • Open Hammer Competition & Hammer Clinic (International, Ages 13 and Up, Male/Female)
  • Each thrower will be given 6 (six) attempts during the competition.
  • Competition medals, gold, silver and bronze with customized logo
  • Special award for best technique (custom design by Stonegarden Studio
  • Vernon Hammer Classic 2017 'Get Hammered' T-shirt
  • Certificate for participation in clinic
  • Group lunch with afternoon lecture and hammer technique videos
  • Novice category for first time throwers, especially those who just want to just ‘try’ throwing the hammer with assistance and encouragement from our management team

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Event Host and Executive Producer

Corporate Sponsors

Meet Our Management Team

Meet Director

Cory Holly is the President and Founder of the Cory Holly Institute. In business he operates an online school as a naturopath that teaches the virtue of optimum health and how to achieve it through nutrition and exercise. Cory is a Grandmaster natural bodybuilding champion and competitive Masters hammer thrower. He is a father to three and a grandfather to four.

Assistant Meet Director

Tracy Holly is the Executive Director of the Cory Holly Institute. She is a whole food cook and the author of The Athlete's Cookbook. Tracy teaches Latin & Ballroom dancing and manages a Bollywood 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.

Our Officials

Jerry Reitman
Wayne and Cheryl Elke

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