Vernon Throws Challenge

Vernon Triple Throws Challenge 2017


Vernon Throws Challenge 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

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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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