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.
Week three of the winter season was a success. The number of people showing up is consistent which is great to see. Means that people are enjoying what we are delivering. Whilst it was cold the rain did not bother us this week so we were able to complete the full program. Once again we had some terrific parent involvement this weekend. I really do think that the parents are starting to enjoy it just as much as the kids. It was even better to see the parents helping us pack up all the activities. Ginninderra really appreciates all the help it can get because a lot of the people bringing the members all this great stuff are volunteers. Any extra help we get from the parents means it makes the volunteers life easier and everyone can get out of the cold sooner.
I have been so excited about our winter program and working with the kids, I have neglected to talk about our fantastic cross country events. Our cross country events happen at different places around Belconnen every Wednesday at 4:45pm. They are run by our fantastic long distance running Coach Brian Daley and our new intern Natasja Vasta, I just lend a helping hand where I can. Brian Daley is one of if not our longest serving coaches at an incredible 30 years. He has had an athlete of his represent the State or Australia for the last 10-15 years in long distance. Needless to say he is an experienced coach and really knows his stuff. With all of that experience in long distance and in Canberra, so he knows all the great running tracks around the place. The event is split into three different courses a short, medium, and long course. The short course is between 1-1.5km the medium course is between 2-3km and the long course varies it can be between 4-6km.
As per usual Ginninderra has a good spread of age groups attending, from under 6’s all the way up to the Masters age group. There is a good spread of skill levels too, from the serious all the way to those who are just trying to get a little fitter. So if you’re interested in getting fit or testing your times come along and try it out. It is great to see one of the families come out every Wednesday to run together. Last Wednesday Uren and Satya ran the short and medium courses and their mother ran the long course which was 5km. It was great to see the family get involved. One thing they all share is running hard all the way to the line. Even the two boys who must only be about 7 have this look of determination on their face up until the point they blow past the finish line. Then the look turns into triumph and relief.
One of the things that is great to see at the cross country events is the older kids that have been running with Brian for a few years now. Seeing them lead the warm up and encourage the shy 6 year olds that are trying it for the first time. Without asking they tell Brian that they will start the warm up and they round all the athletes up and take them on the warm up run. Lead them through all the stretches and demonstrate them first for any of the kids that haven’t seen them before. If the older boys finish before the others get back (which isn’t often because they are the few that do the long course) they will also run a cool down jog for everyone. The team orientated nature of Ginninderra constantly blows me away. Athletics is primarily seen as an individual sport because all the events but the relay are performed. Ginninderra proves that athletics is much more than just an individual or a team sport, it’s a family.
The Committees of the Ginninderra Little Athletics Centre and the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club have recently met to discuss the merger of the two clubs into a single Ginninderra Athletics.
Among the outcomes was a review of the Ginninderra Little Athletics Centre Inc Constitution – which has not been updated in over a decade.
Over the next two weeks, consultation with the Clubs’ membership will be undertaken. Below are links to both the old and new (joint), recommended Constitution. A summary paper of the key changes is also listed, along with the full 2018 version of the Constitution for reference.
Key dates to be aware of:
- Consultation period: 19 May 2018 – 30 June 2018
- Special General Meeting: 10:00am Registration, 10:10am Start on Saturday, 7th July 2018
Please provide any feedback in e-mail to email@example.com by 12 noon the 30th June 2018.
This week was another enjoyable and amazing run with tigers. To start this week off, there was the routinely FAST session on the Tuesday night which involved completing repeated sprints. We performed 10 sprints over 100m with the intensity in the form of meeting between two times. My times for this activity was between 13.5 and 14.5 seconds which is a big margin to fit between. However, this proved challenging when reaching the last 3 sprints of the session as this is where either oxygen deprivation hits you or a build of lactic results in the legs locking up. As you could imagine it was very hard to move after finishing this session with even the cooldown lap around the track proving to be difficult for myself. Despite this, this was an awesome session and was important in teaching the athletes about judging ones’ speed and adjusting race pace to meet a certain intensity. As well as this, I learnt that it was important to be explosive at the start of the sprint in order to level out into a comfortable pace towards the end and this proved to be very helpful message to take on board when 6-7 sprints in.
The next two training session were most likely the hardest sessions I have done so far. These included completing five 200m sprints in the form of team relays and pyramid hill sprints at the Governor Generals House. Both were designed to push the limits of an athlete and to solidify the notion of technique being key when running. Not only this but when you are fatigued the arms drive the legs so long as your arms are moving then your legs will also move as a result. From a coaching point of view, I learnt many things throughout this week’s lot of sessions like grouping the athletes in terms of training age and similar physical abilities. I also learnt that our job as coaches isn’t just about teaching the athlete the correct techniques and lead them through the different session activities but to also motivate the athlete. Our job is to push the athlete above and beyond, so they are able to reach new heights within their athletic career. This statement really sat with me and is one of the important lessons I have learnt throughout this internship.
Not only were there sessions with Steve this week but we also had the Tiger Cubs session held on Saturday mornings. This week was the first week where Alex and I were able to implement a program that we had written focusing on run and jump. The weather wasn’t the best, but everyone seemed to have a whole bunch of fun in the cold both parents and kids. It was awesome to see so many talented kids getting involved and enjoying all the activities that we had offered them. It was amazing to see the initiative of the junior coaches who helped out on the day as well and to see that they were really taking charge and making each station their own. With that being said I would like to say thankyou to all of the junior coaches who helped out, you guys are awesome and to the parents and kids who stuck it out through the cold and rain.
Another week finished and another amazing time spent running with tigers.
Week 2 of the winter program coincided with the Canberra cold snap, a top of 9 degrees with wind and rain – conditions more suited to a game of rugby rather than athletics! However parents and kids were not deterred, with a strong turn-out for Tiny Tots on both the Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning.
The theme for this week was Mother’s Day, with Mums (and Dads, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles) encouraged to get involved with their kids, and a choccie surprise at the end a good reward! This week I had the pleasure of working one-on-one with Cameron, one of our older Tiny Tots living with autism. Cameron is a vibrant young boy, with endless amounts of energy, constantly challenging me to keep up with him – if only I could match his energy levels!
The Tiny Tots program attracts kids of wide ranging abilities by providing an inclusive and fun environment for them to thrive and reach their full potential. There’s something for everyone – with activities modified to suit the abilities of all kids involved and one-on-one support available.
The theme for week 3 is jungle day, so come dressed up as your favourite jungle animal, bring along a friend, and get ready for some jungle fun!
Winter is coming