Behind the Blocks – Week 3

The past week I interviewed the Junior Coaches manager and remember him mentioning that he would bring his daughter to the little athletics sessions and thought while he is here he might as well join in. This motivation and drive is what I believe helps build and grow a sporting club and develop the culture to be family friendly and a fun environment.

On Thursday the FAST session was based on grass sprints with the main focus on being on driving the legs when fatigued. We started with our normal warm ups, then we got into 90 metre sprints at 90%, performed 10 times. Steve was tracking our time to consistently push ourselves to become quicker. My aim was to get times in the range of 14.5 seconds and 15.5 seconds. On my 5th run I clocked my fastest time at 14 seconds, however over the runs my time was fluctuating between 14 and 15 seconds, this was due to not starting off quickly and correctly, and after a while fatigue started to kick in. This is when I needed to start focusing on driving my arms to power my legs.  After completing our 10 runs, we finished off with 3 x 60 metre runs at 60% for our cool down. Overall, this session made me continuously think about my arm movements when sprinting and how I can improve my technique to become faster.

Saturday consisted of our third week of our new winter wonderland sessions. This week we saw approximately 50 kids and parents joining in and having fun. This was a very good turnout of numbers as it was a very chilly morning, however the weather didn’t stop the kids from running around and enjoying all the activities planned out. My main focus to capture this week through the lens was on the kids having fun and showcasing their different emotions. I was also focusing on parents getting involved by either assisting their children complete the activities or joining in and performing the actitives for their own purposes.

Throughout the next few weeks I am hoping to continue capturing the kids emotions and showcasing their developing skills and techniques towards athletics.

Lindsay Mitton