Bluefin Sport catch up with SportsAid athlete George Evans, as he makes final preparations for the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.
Pictured - George Evans and Ray Brown (Bluefin's Head of Sport Scotland)
George Evans attended the Scottish Under 17 Track and Field Championships at Grangemouth as a guest on the 22nd August, where he currently holds the Scottish record for both the shot put and the discus. He was using this event as part of his final preparations for the Youth Commonwealth Games which begin on the 5th September. George kindly took time out of his busy schedule to have a chat with us regarding his preparations.
Change of throwing style
George has recently changed his throwing style in the shot put moving from the traditional glide to the spin technique which provides greater momentum and potentially distance. However it can cause problems with balance and consistency, hence the reason George wanted to get in as much practice as possible in competitive environment before travelling to Samoa.
How his athletics career began
George commenced his athletics career at the age of 10 when a group of his friends joined the local athletics club, Inverness Harriers. As many of the clubs do, they provided youngsters with the opportunity to try all events in track and field. George drifted towards the field event and in particular throwing. He admits that initially he was not particularly good at it but enjoyed it which is what it’s all about. Discus was his favoured event and as he began to receive coaching both George and the coaches soon realised he had a real aptitude for throwing and his career started to gather momentum.
Last year George moved to Strathallan on a Sports Scholarship specifically for throwing and the balance between education and training has worked really well. His technique improved and his throwing distances increased, which was evidenced by picking up a bronze medal at the World Youth Games this year. A magnificent achievement.
George now moves into his final school year, after which he hopes to take a gap yearake a gap year before he studies Dentistry at University and attends the World Juniors in Kazan, Russia.
George is certainly a dedicated and committed athlete and admits he enjoys all his training which gives him a real buzz -which is just as well when you look at a typical training week!. Also, at this stage of his training he does not really have to keep to a special diet but did admit he eats a lot but healthily. Next year will probably be different as he moves up in age group and competing at a higher level.
His typical training week will depend on whether it’s winter training (in building up strength and muscle) or summer training. Generally winter will consist of 9 sessions a week to include weights and sprint sessions and in summer less weights but 6 days a week with 1 day of rest.
Like every athlete George has his heroes. For George it is Eric Liddell (a name which most of us will recognise). George was fortunate enough to win the Eric Liddle trophy this year at the Scottish Schools – a very pound moment for him. Others, a little less known names, includes discuss throwers: Gerd Kanter 2007 World Champion and 2008 Olympic champion Robert Harting who is the current Olympic and European champion
When George is not training or studying, where his favourite subjects are chemistry and biology, he relaxes by playing his Xbox, watching TV, playing pool / table tennis at school and just being with his friends. George also stressed that without the support of SportsAid life would be more difficult. The help it provides young athletes is phenomenal and for him personally it’s a big contribution toward travel and equipment.
Georges’ family is also heavily involved in sport where his younger brother is a basketball player and his sister is also keen in all sports so we may yet see more “Evans’” hitting the spotlight!
Bluefin Sport wish George all the very best of the Youth Commonwealth Games and we will all be watching and following Georges progress in Samoa
Good luck George!