Athlete of the Month-September 2018: Vic DeMarines

September 2018
Greater New England Area

Vic DeMarines named USATF New England September Athlete of the Month

USA Track & Field would like to announce Vic DeMarines as our September Athlete of the Month. Vic throws for the Twilight Throwers and recently competed at the I.A.A.F World Masters Championships in Malaga, Spain in September. DeMarines competed in the men’s 55 year division in both the discus and the shot put. Vic threw the discus 50.06m and put a shot 15.11m, finishing second and third in the world in his age group respectively. Bsides being a thrower, Vic enjoys woodworking and spending time with his family. Next up is the indoor season with the goal of competing at World Indoor in Poland. Full interview below.

1) Could you tell me a bit about your throws at the World Masters?

This was my first time competing in the World Masters Championships. Mt Twilight Thrower team mates Bob Cedrone, Bob Arello, Tim Morse, and Jim Burgoyne all encouraged me to participate and were very supportive during the entire event. My biggest supporter was my Wife Linda who with me during all the events. As for my throws, I felt prepared and ready to compete. My attitude was to enjoy the experience and try and relax at the competitions. In the shotput I placed third with a 15.11M throw. Although not a season best I was happy I was pleased make it into the finals and compete. For the discus, my favorite event we all had to contend with slick conditions in the circle due to rain. My first throw was over 50.06meters and IO was able to stay in the lead until Norbert Demmel threw a 53m throw. On my last throw I may have surpassed his mark, but foot fouled. For the weight throw, I was able to get 5th place with 17.39M. Overall I was very happy to place and compete with top competitors from around the world.

2. Could you tell me a bit about your mindset heading into the race and any goals you had set for yourself?

I was making a conscious effort to try and relax and not over think the events. However, once you step into that circle your adrenaline spikes no matter what you do.

3) What was it like to represent the United States and participate on an international stage?

It was an incredible experience and great opportunity to meet similar throwers from around the world. We were also able to enjoy Spain and all the sites it offered. 4)What is your favorite event to compete in? Discus, followed closely by Shotput

5)What are some of your favorite things to do outside of throwing?

I enjoy carpentry work, projects around the house, and enjoy trips with family. In preparation for throwing I have also gotten back into powerlifting and strength conditioning 6)What’s up next for you? Any competitions on the horizon that you will be participating in? Looking forward to the indoor season and possibly attending the indoor championships in Poland.