9 April 2013
Guy Henly ready for international debut
After just two years in track and field discus thrower Guy Henly (BAN) is on target for selection in the 2013 IPC World Championships. We spoke to him in the lead up to the Australian Championships to be held in Sydney this week.
ANSW: Congratulations on your great season. Can you tell us about your sporting career before athletics?
Guy: I was introduced to tennis at a young age and played at a competitive level in abled-bodied tennis up until the last couple of years when I started athletics.
ANSW: How did you get involved in athletics? When was that?
Guy: It all started when I went to a talent search day back in late 2010 at Blacktown. I got in contact with the Australian throws coach at the AIS and after doing a clinic down there I was put in touch with Bre and Karyne.
ANSW: What is your disability and how does it restrict your performances?
Guy: My disability is Right Hemi-Paresis, although it comes under the broad category of Cerebral Palsy. Having a weakness on the right-side does come with its own obstacles, although that?s what makes the sport interesting to me. I like to think of it as a challenge rather than a restriction.
ANSW: How important is sport to you?
Guy: Sport has been a big part of my life ever since I was young and not just one in sport in particular. I love all aspects of it, whether it?s keeping active or meeting new friends, plus it?s also a great way to let of steam after a long day at work!
ANSW: Do you recall your first discus training sessions and competitions?
Guy: Yes,I remember being overwhelmed at the other throwers that I was training/competing with, as they?d been throwing for a long time and were a lot more talented than me. I knew it was going to be a long road to get to a competitive level, but I?ve had enormous help from Bre and Karyne and with them, I wouldn?t be where I am today.
ANSW: Last season you tried valiantly to qualify for the London Paralympics, and came close?
Guy: Yes, I came close, ultimately not close enough. I managed to throw a PPP2 (B standard) a month after the cut-off date, although that still wouldn?t have been all that competitive at London. It has made me more determined to represent Australia in Rio in 2016.
ANSW: But, this season you have progressed to a new level. You have achieved AA B standard performances?
Guy: I achieved an AA A standard back in January at Greystanes with my current p.b of 52.46m and am hoping to better that at this year?s nationals in Sydney.
ANSW: What has been the difference this season?
Guy: We?ve worked a lot on my weaknesses throughout the off-season, which were holding me back, both physically and technically. I think that?s been a big help for me to progress with my throwing.
ANSW: What are your goals at the Australian Championships and, if selected the World Championships?
Guy: I?m hoping to better my personal best or to beat least around that mark. The aim is to be as consistent as possible in the lead up to the World Champs selections. Should I be selected, I?ll be training as hard as possible to make the podium come World Champs.
ANSW: What are your goals in the next few years?
Guy: Throwing further and getting stronger each season is my main goal, but I?m also hoping to compete in a number of international competitions over the next few years in the lead up to Rio in 2016. The more experience that I get at big meets the better I?ll be when it comes to a major event like the Paralympic Games.
ANSW: Outside of training, what do you, study, work, interests?
Guy: I work full time as an IT Administrator for Bravura Solutions, a financial software company in the city. They give me the ability to balance my work and training throughout the week, which is an enormous help. When I?m not training, I like to catch up with friends on weekends or see the odd movie. Traveling is a big interest of mine, so being able to compete in different cities is a bonus.
Guy Henly - Statistics
DOB: 14 May 1987
Club: Bankstown Sports
Coach: Bre Clement and Karyne Di Marco
Disability: F37 (CP)
Shot 12.20 (5kg)
Discus 52.46m (1kg)
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Guy Henly (courtesy of David Tarbotton)