My Lap Around the Track – Week 7

Another week has gone by and still new things are happening. I am supremely impressed by everyone’s passion for athletics at Ginninderra. They are constantly looking for new ways to get more people involved in athletics so they can share their passion with the rest of the ACT and even Australia. Currently Ginninderra is looking into ways of how they can best cater for deaf athletes. They were inspired by the deaf games and wanted to get a team together for the games in 2019. Ginninderra has tasked me with trying to make this happen. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead. However I do have a good base to start with because Ginninderra currently has 4 deaf athletes and 1 disabled athlete.  Neil the ACT deaf athletics coach who is working with Ginninderra has built starting lights for the deaf for us to use.

I am currently working with him to try and entice more deaf athletes to join the club. It is beautiful to see that a sporting club is actively searching for new and innovative ways of including athletes that unfortunately don’t get the attention they deserve. The best thing about having the light system is, eventually there will be integrated sound to match the lights. Meaning that both abled hearing and deaf athletes will all be able to compete together. Once again creating that feeling of inclusiveness that I have come to associate with Ginninderra

Ginninderra has once again offered me another fantastic opportunity. I held my first under 11’s training session yesterday afternoon. Now they have offered me the chance to work with Elijah and younger kids. Giving me a good range of experience across multiple age groups. I am sure this will give me the exposure and experience I need to make me a more adaptable professional once I FINALLY ATTAIN MY DEGREE!!! ( :p ). The session went well I was told that the best way to plan a session with this age group, is to have a session goal (speed, acceleration, finishes etc) and try to build fun drills with those goals in mind. I chose acceleration as my session goal and then had to build these drills. It was a little difficult for me to get my head around at first. At Uni whilst we have had the odd lecture on training kids and a class or two on development throughout a lifespan. But in general when we talk about fitness and training modalities, it’s usually with adult or elite athletes in mind. I am glad Ginninderra gave me the opportunity which, in turn forced me to think outside the box. The drills I ended up going with were chase your partner and best of three wins. The idea behind the drill is that one athlete starts 2m behind another. They both start running at the same time and the kid that started at the back has to catch the runner in front of him. It makes the kids really focus on their starts and driving with power. Keeping their stride length smaller and faster as they start. As they get closer to the athlete in front of them it teaches them to start striding at full length to get into their top speed. I look forward to holding more sessions and continuing the challenge