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November 10, 2020
Julie Williams-Tinkham is October Athlete of the Month
Thrower betters masters superweight record
(Twilight Throwers) has been named USATF-New England’s Athlete of the Month for October 2020 based on her throwing performance on October 11. In her second meet since COVID-19 stopped competition, Williams-Tinkham betterd the existing American record in the W40-44 super weight throw. At the meet in Hingham, Massachusetts, Williams-Tinkham threw the 35-pound weight 9.81 meters. This isn’t Williams-Tinkham’s first record - she has set masters age group American records in five other throwing events and has been ranked as the No. 1 masters age group thrower in the country. Outside the throwing circle, Williams-Tinkham has also been a coach at Babson College, and is a mother of two children, ages 14 and 8.
USATF-NE spoke with Williams-Tinkham about her performance.
How did you get acquainted with the Twilight Throwers?
: I threw in college when I went to UMaine- Orono. When I coached at Babson College, my athletes would want me to throw with them. It was fun to be in the circle, throwing the hammer, so I looked for some throwing clubs around so I didn’t have to compete unattached. That’s when I found the Twilight Throwers. They were the nearest to me at the time, so I really lucked out.
Did you go into the meet thinking about setting the record?
No, when I throw, I throw because I enjoy it. I enjoy the whole experience of it. I am in a new age group, I turned 40 in June, I was hoping I’d be able to compete in my new age groups at the World Championships in Toronto, but obviously that couldn’t happen. There’s only been a couple meets, and I thought there were some attainable records in this age group, so I kind of knew the list of records and had them in the back of my mind. So when I threw it, I knew that it was one.
What went through your mind when you found out you set an american record for your age division?
: I wasn’t sure if I had heard the numbers correctly. I had said the old record, I said that’s the record, and the officials said, “Okay!” so they went back and pulled out the steel tape.
: Do you have a moment in your career as a thrower that you are most proud of?
Any meet where my daughter and my son can come and see me throw. They’re the ones that are my favorite and make me the most proud. I think that it’s important for them to see that you can still be competitive and a strong woman. I think that’s really why I do it, I do it for them. My daughter loves when I bring medals home, and she loves putting them on.
: What are you working toward right now?
: Right now i'm just trying to maintain my strength and my form. It's tricky with the current situation we’re in, with a pandemic, so I’m just doing what I can when I can.