Julie Williams-Tinkham would probably be just fine if no one knew just how good she is at her sport. Not one to brag on her own achievements, Williams-Tinkham’s blush when speaking of her exploits matched the Falmouth High school colors.
Recently, the administrator at Falmouth High was named the Athlete of the Year at the USA Track and Field Masters National Championship. The former Falmouth High School star, who graduated in 1998 and went on to throw for the University of Maine, has set five American records in throwing events and is ranked No. 1 in the world currently in masters track.
Williams-Tinkham still holds the discus record at Falmouth High. She said that while she was talented while throwing as a Clipper, she did not really tap into her potential until college. There she became a top hammer and weight thrower.
After college, Williams-Tinkham continued to throw some, but got into coaching as well. She continued that for several years, but was lured back into competition herself a few years back.
She found that her skills had not abated much. Despite not having nearly the time she’d like to dedicate to training and her craft, she’s been able to continue to put up some big numbers and has enjoyed being back in competition. She said that she competes in about 10 meets per year, and has started to use some of the bigger ones as a good excuse to travel with her family. This past summer they visited Iowa, where she was given her Athlete of the Year award. She said next summer she hopes to head to the world championships in Toronto with her husband, Todd, and their children, Graham and Therese, both of whom attend school in Falmouth.
“It’s a great opportunity for my family to get to see places they wouldn’t otherwise,” she said.
Williams-Tinkham returned to Falmouth last year to take on the position of Director of Physical Education, Health and Wellness for the Falmouth Public Schools. Before that she worked for the Framingham school system, where she met her husband and got back into throwing competitively.
As an educator, she hopes that her experiences and successes may serve as motivation for other athletes that do not necessarily possess the stereotypical “athlete’s body.” She said that she has always been strong, and can still out-lift plenty of the high school football players. She derives joy and stays in shape through involvement in crossfit programs as well.
“I believe that any body can be an athletic body,” she said. “Why wouldn’t I be an example of that?