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Friends of Golden State Throwers

All those who help support Golden State Throwers as well as help train our athletes. Our friends include business owners who donate time and resources to help GST.

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Dave has donated a'lot of effort into helping build our gym and give our athletes a place to get stronger!

Dave Dial


The Golden West Invitational and Golden State Throwers have worked together to bring in outstanding throws clinics to the Sacramento area. Meet director Bob Wright is bringing in a new direction for the GWI and is continuing to build its historic name. The rich history of the GWI provides a great opportunity for young throwers to compete in this long standing meet and learn through the GST clinics.

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Financial Strategies for Feds

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Visit Jeff Alves's Website At:

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Jeff is a 1990 summa cum laude graduate from the Physical Therapy Program at Fresno State University. A Sacramento native, Jeff is co-owner of Alves & Martinez Physical Therapy, where he focuses on orthopedic and sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation and athletic performance. Jeff is a well-established member of the Sacramento physical therapy community.

Prior to establishing the Alves & Martinez clinic in May 2001, Jeff opened Alves Physical Therapy in May 2000. He also worked for Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento as a Clinician, and at McCarthy Physical Therapy in Roseville. Jeff is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and certified in Functional Movement Screening.

In addition, he has completed several long-term Orthopedic Manual Therapy programs and has been published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Jeff serves as a consultant to area high school athletic programs and works with local high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. He is also a voluntary faculty member at the University of Southern California division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy DPT Program.

Jeff resides in Elk Grove with his wife and two children and enjoys spending time with his family, music and outdoor activities. He has competed in several triathlons & running events. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon and completed Ironman Arizona 2013 in 11:01.53!





Ed Burke

1964, 1968 and 1984 Olympian

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Ed Burke has competed for the USA in the 1964, 1968 and 1984 Olympics.  He continues to complete in Masters Track & Field in Hammer & Weight Throws.  He is the 2011 World Masters Champion in both hammer and weight throw.

Ed Burke has been a mentor and a friend for years as a supporter of youth hammer.  His kindness and professionalism 
 always been an inspiration to us.

His commitment to the sport is inspirational and Coach Mike and wife Gina are proud to call him and his wife Shirley friends.


Ed had two careers as a hammer thrower: pre first "retirement" and post first "retirement." In the first phase of his career, Ed won five consecutive Mt. SAC hammer titles, three national championships, broke the American record, and made the 1964 and 1968 Olympic teams.

Then, after an accident in which he struck his wife with a hammer throw, he hung up the ball and chain for twelve years. At the urging of his wife, he returned to competition in 
1980, but failed to qualify for the Olympic team. He continued to compete, and in 1984, at age 44, nabbed the last qualifying spot at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In a special honor, he was selected by the U.S. Olympic team to carry the American flag into the Coliseum for the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Games.


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