Reporting from Liebenberg's & Zelezny's training camp in South Africa

2012-03-01 10:48 by Administrator

Terseus Liebenberg and Gerhardus Pienaar
Terseus Liebenberg and Gerhardus Pienaar

Hungary's former world record holder and 1976 Olympic champion Miklós Németh is visiting the training facility in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where South African national coach Terseus Liebenberg and men's world record holder Jan Zelezný is currently holding a two-month long training camp for their athletes.

Terseus Liebenberg is a coach of champions. As a javelin coach he has turned world junior champion Marius Corbett into a world champion (1997 - Athens) and winner of Commonwealth Games and African Games. He is also the coach of Sunette Viljoen, who under Terseus’ guidance has progressed from champion at World Student Games to Commonwealth Games, and is now the bronze medalist at the World Championships in Daegu 2011.

Liebenberg is the athletics manager at North-West University and head coach since 1993. He was the national athletics team’s javelin throw coach during the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and for the past six years he has been invited by the European Coaching Association to present lectures at their annual congress – the largest congress of its kind. Liebenberg has been a crucial character in the South African throws scene and is widely considered by many supporters of the sport to be the most successful South African coach. Terseus Liebenberg and Jean Verster, manager of the High Performance Institute for Sport are successfully organizing training camps at Potchefstroom Campus (PUK) for almost twenty years. The best javelin throwers of the world had visited the training camps during this time: Jan Zelezný, Steve Backley, Tero Pitkämäki, Konstadínos Gatsioúdis, Andreas Thorkildsen, Barbora SpotákovḠChristina Obergföll, Aki Parviainen, Natalya Shikolenko, Boris Henry, Eriks Rags, Petr Frydrych, Uwe Hohn and Dainis Kula... just to name a few.

Currently Jan Zelezný is coaching the Czech national team at the Potchefstoom Campus: women's world record holder Barbora Špotáková, Petr Frydrych, Vítezslav Veselý among others, while Finnish world champion Tero Pitkämäki  also joined Iron Jan's team this year.

Miklós Németh visited the training camp and had introduced our new Nemeth javelins to the throwers and coaches. We will share insights from the training camp during the next few days. Stay tuned for upcoming photos and videos from Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Go back