Ultra Throw Celebrates Successes of the Season

Last year’s recipient, Rose Hare presents Harnek Toor with the Challenge Trophy. Left is Club president, Dave McDonald. (Photo: Owen Wong)

Last year’s recipient, Rose Hare presents Harnek Toor with the Challenge Trophy. Left is Club president, Dave McDonald. (Photo: Owen Wong)

Team Ultra Throw gathered for a casual get together at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley on October 14 to celebrate a successful season and salute members who went above and beyond in either athletic achievement or contributions to the Club.

After enjoying conversation and a barbecue lunch, club president, Dave McDonald announced seven Ultra members who made the top 15 in the World Masters Rankings. That’s pretty impressive for a club of approximately 25 people! The following are those members whose name sit among the world’s best:

  • Andrew Arthur (M55-59) – 10th in Super Weight

  • Gabriella Moro (W70-74) – 8th in Discus

  • Jo Peters (M60-64) – 7th in Throws Pentathlon

  • Dave Ulis (M70-74) – 15th in Javelin & 12th in Super Weight

  • Harnek Toor (M70-74) – 14th in Throws Pentathlon & 5th in Super Weight

  • Michael Deady (M65-69) – 11th in Shot Put & 5th in Discus,

  • Rose Hare (W65-69) – 13th in Hammer, 12th in Weight, 10th in Discus, 6th in Throws Pentathlon & 2nd in Super Weight

Members who set BC and Canadian records:

Michael Deady set a Canadian Record (M65-69) in the Discus 46.10m, and he also set a BC Record (65-69) in the Shot Put 12.54m.

Harnek Toor set an indoor BC Record (M70-74) in the Weight 15.77m. He also set a BC Record (M70-74) in the Super Weight 8.13m.

Jo Peters set a BC Record (M60-64) in the Throws Pentathlon with 3813 points.

Last year’s recipient, Rose Hare presents David Ulis with the Ultra Cup. Left is Club president, Dave McDonald. (Photo: Owen Wong)

Last year’s recipient, Rose Hare presents David Ulis with the Ultra Cup. Left is Club president, Dave McDonald. (Photo: Owen Wong)

The ‘Challenge Trophy’ is given to the club member who scores the highest accumulated scores at our Ultra Throw festivals in the Throws Pentathlon.

Results: 1st Harnek Toor (see photo at top); 2nd Andrew Arthur; and 3rd Dave Ulis

The ‘Ultra Cup’ is given to the member who has the highest score in the Throws Pentathlon at any of our Ultra Throw festivals.

Results: 1st Dave Ulis (photo above); 2nd Harnek Toor; and 3rd Rose Hare

Ambassador of the Year’ was awarded posthumously to Scot Henney, and received by his son, Matthew, accompanied by his grandchildren Quinn and Gina (seen below).

Son and grandchildren of the late world masters champion, Scot Henney, who was named Ambassador of the Year.

Son and grandchildren of the late world masters champion, Scot Henney, who was named Ambassador of the Year.

Ultra Throw member, Mohain Bains was given a plaque to acknowledge his contribution in assisting to secure Club sponsors. Thank you to him, and the Days Inn, Surrey.

View more of our photos on our Facebook album.

The Club will now take a bit of a rest before starting training for the 2019 season, of which registration is already underway.

Email ultrathrow@gmail.com to get involved. We’re always looking for new members and volunteers!

Ultra Throw president, Dave McDonald presents club member, Mohan Bains with the Sponsorship Award. Thanks to Mohan, Days Inn became a Gold Sponsor.

Ultra Throw president, Dave McDonald presents club member, Mohan Bains with the Sponsorship Award. Thanks to Mohan, Days Inn became a Gold Sponsor.

Ultra Throw Announces 2018–19 Executive

From left to right: Harnek Toor; Celina Wong; Rose Hare; Robbin Whachell; Dave McDonald; and Owen Wong

From left to right: Harnek Toor; Celina Wong; Rose Hare; Robbin Whachell; Dave McDonald; and Owen Wong

Cllub Ultra Throw held an annual general meeting on Sept. 23 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley and the following were voted in to the executive for the 2018-19 athletic year:

  • Dave McDonald - President

  • Celina Wong - Vice President

  • Rose Hare - Registrar

  • Treasurer - Carolyn McKinley

  • Robbin Whachell - Media

  • Owen Wong - Director

  • Harnek Toor - Director

Minutes to follow via email.

Ultra Throw Holds Inaugural Awards Banquet

Rose Hare (left) receives the Ultra Cup presented by Harnek Toor and club president Dave McDonald. (Photo: Owen Wong) 

Rose Hare (left) receives the Ultra Cup presented by Harnek Toor and club president Dave McDonald. (Photo: Owen Wong) 

Surrey, BC - It was the perfect ending for a very successful year!  The inaugural awards banquet of the throwing club, Ultra Throw was a huge success.  Members of the two year old club, along with guests, meet officials and sponsors gathered at Ricky's All Day Grill in Surrey on November 4, 2017 to enjoy a buffet dinner, camaraderie, and a brief presentation of awards and honours. 

After the feast, Ultra’s newest hardware became the center of attention.  Thanks to a sponsorship from Harnek Toor (member), Gurinder Toor (Alpha House Mortgage Corporation) and Alan Utting (AK Designer Home Improvements Ltd.), there were three perpetual trophies to hand out.  

Sponsor of the Year was awarded to Gurinder Toor from  Alpha House Mortgage Corporation  and received in his absence by his uncle Harnek Toor.  Presenting was Carolyn McKinley and Dave McDonald (Photo: Owen Wong)

Sponsor of the Year was awarded to Gurinder Toor from Alpha House Mortgage Corporation and received in his absence by his uncle Harnek Toor.  Presenting was Carolyn McKinley and Dave McDonald (Photo: Owen Wong)

Taking home two of the new trophies, was BC Masters athlete, Rose Hare. Rose won the Challenge Trophy’ (aggregate throws pentathlon point total for Ultra Throw Festivals (#1 - #3) and the ‘Ultra Cup’ (single highest throws pentathlon points scored in Ultra Throw Festivals (#1 – 3).  

The Ultra ‘Ambassador of the Year’ went to Harnek Toor for his extraordinary contributions of displaying all the positive qualities in character, integrity and deeds towards the promotion of Ultra Throw and the throwing community.  

In addition to the three perpetual trophies, a ‘Sponsor of the Year’ plaque was presented to Gurinder Toor from Alpha House Mortgage Corporation for his generous donations this year and last.  

The complete list of performances and awards can be found HERE.  

After the awards presentations, conversations revolved on reminiscing about the year’s past accomplishments, new friendships were made and common interests were shared.  The perfect end to an enjoyable evening.

Rose Hare (center) with her two awards at the Ultra Throw banquet on November 4.   (Photo: Owen Wong) 

Rose Hare (center) with her two awards at the Ultra Throw banquet on November 4.   (Photo: Owen Wong) 

The Ultra Throw season has come to an end, now it's time to rest, relax and recoup for the start of Ultra’s next season starting in the spring.  During the off season, Ultra’s directors will put together the framework for a successful 2018.  

This year's directors are: Dave McDonald (President), John Hodgson (Vice President), Carolyn McKinley (Treasurer), Robbin Whachell (Media/PR) and Rose Hare (Registrar).

As this was the very first awards banquet for the Club, mention of all those present is pertinent. All those in attendance were: Dave McDonald, Carolyn McKinley,  Derek McKinley, Rae Vezina, Celina Wong, Yoshiko and John Hodgson, Al and Lori Graham,  Frances Steinfield, Rose and David Hare, Owen and Leona Wong, Harnek Toor, Ramon Toor, Alan and Alex Utting, Robbin Whachell, Gabriella Moro,  Dave and Sarah Ulis, Mohan Bains, Betsy and Jim Rollins, and Ron Heron. 

For more photos, check out our Facebook album HERE.

‘Ambassador of the Year’ went to  Harnek Toor , presented by Club president Dave McDonald. 

‘Ambassador of the Year’ went to Harnek Toor, presented by Club president Dave McDonald. 

91-yr-old Ultra Throw champ, Scot Henney recounts his Perth World Masters experience

Photos in Perth taken by Scot's son Matthew

In 2016, 91-yr-old Ultra Throw champ, Scot Henney traveled to Perth to compete along with Dave McDonald and Frances Steinfeld from our club.  Scot won 5 of the 20 total medals for Canada at the Championships.  Gold for the weight throw and the weight pentathlon, silver for the hammer, and bronze for the shot put and the javelin (he placed 4th in the discus).

Here Scot gives an account of his experience, by first explaining how he got started in throwing:

In 2014, having been a track athlete in my youth, I began attending training sessions with the Greyhounds Athletic Club.  I had in mind the 100 metres running event but Harold Morioka, the President of the club and a former teacher at Charles Best put a javelin in my handand said “Throw it!”  I threw it.  “That’s a gold,” said Harold.  That was the beginning of my throwing career and in the next two seasons I achieved some success in the BC 55+ Games.  

Through the Greyhounds Club I met Dave McDonald who now coaches me in throwing, who later founded the Ultra Throw Club, of which I became a member.  Dave suggested that I might like to enter the World Masters Championships in Perth Australia in 2016.  At such a prestigious event I had no conception of achieving any success, however I had visited Perth 70 years before when in the Royal Navy and my ship had moored in Fremantle, the adjacent port city. The idea of revisiting the city was attractive and I entered for all the throwing events in my age category (90 to 94).  I was one of 4000 athletes from 90 different countries competing in the Games.

In Fremantle, four of us, Dave, myself, my son Matthew and my grand-daughter Gina, rented a beautiful old house for the two weeks of the Games. Dave and Matthew were the designated cooks and Gina and I enjoyed the results of their rivalry.  The climate in Western Australia was perfect and we enjoyed hot sunny days and cool evenings.  In the garden a lemon tree was dropping its fruit. Chopped lemons in water made a refreshing drink. A kukaburra called and seemed to respond when I answered its call.  Matthew and Gina walked to the beach and swam in the ocean.   

Matthew rented a car and drove us many times to the two major venues, each journey taking about half an hour.  When Matthew left with the rental car, the attendant gave him advice on driving on the left.  “Follow the bloke that’s in front of yer” he said. We often used the bus and train services which were frequent and free for us during the games.

I won gold and the title of World Champion in the Weights Throw.  Oh what joy to stand on the podium and hear the Canadian national anthem played.  No need to mouth the words -just stand erect to honour my country and to remember in particular, my father who trained me in track events and my brother Gordon who excelled in so many sports.

My second event is the hammer, throwing a twelve pound ball on a long metal lead.  Maurice Dauphinet is my major competitor.  I observe him in the preliminaries.  He is smaller than me, somewhat round-shouldered, and something about him brought to mind Popeye the Sailor man.  He was wiry for sure and he swiveled very easily on his toes.

I followed my plan of increasing effort through the practice throws, and made sure of one easy throw which would count.  I had a mark and tried for distance.  Out and back went the ball and then once round my head and I threw 8.49 metres, which was better than I had been doing in practice.

Maurice stepped up. One, two twirls around his head, his feet didn't move yet.  Then he pivoted about his feet. Away goes the ball.  17 metres is called, about twice the distance I threw.  I tell the official that I will not throw again.  Why risk an injury in a lost cause?

Maurice is gracious on the podium. Though born in France, Maurice competes for Australia. After he received the gold medal and I the silver, the Australian National anthem was played.  Maurice shook my hand and invited me to stand with him for photographs.  Maurice removed his cap and put in his dentures. My first impression had been corrected.

I gained bronze medals in Javelin and Shot Put.  Maurice was in the top medal positions of these events. Maurice confided to me that he doesn’t like the Weights Throw.  He did not compete in the Weights Throw or the Pentathlon. In his absence I won gold in both these events.

In the performance of the throwing events my age group was amalgamated with the next lower age group, 85 to 89.  In the numerous hours we spent together I became acquainted with about 15 athletes from 9 different countries.  Particularly memorable was Christian Tittel who competed for Australia, but was of European origin.   A big burly man in a floppy hat, Christian was the one who talked and joked with everyone, helping us all to feel at ease.  I was with him several times at medal ceremonies.  When he removed his hat and was serious he had the look and air of a magistrate. It was Christian who watched me stand alone on the podium for the Pentathlon medal and when everyone else had gone, it was he who came to the back of the podium and congratulated me.  It was a gesture I very much appreciated.

Impressions of Perth.  Perth to the north adjoins Fremantle to the south.  To the west is the ocean with many sandy beaches.  To the east the Swan River widens to accommodate ocean going ships.  A grade level rapid transit train line joins the two cities, rising to cross the river.  From high ground there are splendid views of Perth and the Swan River.

The people: unhurried, gracious and cosmopolitan.

The food, whether in super markets or restaurants is outstandingly good.

The beer: try a free tray of samples of a dozen different craft beers.  Then choosing one you don’t mind paying ten dollars for a pint.

Perth, a great place to visit.  

 

3 Ultra Throw Members Compete at 22nd World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships

Team Ultra Throw in Perth, Austratlia. L-R: Dave McDonald, Francis Steinfeld, and Scot Henney (Photo: Matt Henney)

Team Ultra Throw in Perth, Austratlia. L-R: Dave McDonald, Francis Steinfeld, and Scot Henney (Photo: Matt Henney)

Three Ultra Throw members traveled to Perth, Australia in October 2016 to compete at the 22nd World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships.

Scot Henney won 5 of the 20 total medals for Canada at the Championships.  Gold for the weight throw and the weight pentathlon, silver for the hammer, and bronze for the shot put and the javelin (he placed 4th in the discus).  Not bad for taking up the sport at 89 years of age (two years ago)!

Frances Steinfeld had top 8 finishes in all the events she entered (she passed on the javelin).  Frances placed 6th in the shot put, 7th in the weight throw, hammer and the weight pentathlon, and 8th in the discus.

Dave McDonald placed 5th in the hammer, 6th in the javelin, 9th in the weight throw, 16th in the shot put and 17th in the discus.  He did not finish the weight pentathlon.  

"It was quite the experience for us all," said Dave McDonald.  "The structure and formality of the events will be remembered by me for a long time.  The biggest 'bring back' from the games will definitely be the interactions with all the competitors in every event and within the championships.  I have said it before: 'throwers are the best!' "

Click HERE to see photos of Scot Henney competing in Perth.

Click HERE for RESULTS of the 22nd World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships