On Thursday I attended the weekly FAST sessions, however this week we were training at the Charnwood sporting ovals. This change of venue allowed us to train on a different terrain for usual perfectly manicured AIS grass. We started with the usual warm ups over 30 metres, which I believe I am slowly getting better with technique wise. When warming up at both football training and on game day, I have noticed that I am slowly adapting to changing my warm up techniques of butt kicks and high knees more towards how I do them when attending the FAST sessions. Once we were warmed up, we each got into our lanes and started with 50 metres sprints, at 90%, 3 times, with slow walk backs as recovery. We then did 70 metres, at the same intensity, reps and recovery. Then continued to 100 metres, back to 70 metres and finished with 60 metres. With each sprint, fatigue was kicking in however we all continued to put in our best performances. In the end Steve was giving me a handicap compared to the others, which improved my motivation to be competitive and try and cross the line first – sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. We finished up with the usual cool down of 60 metre run throughs, at 60%, 3 times.
On Saturday approximately 50 kids and adults participated in our Winter Wonderland sessions, with more and more parents joining in to help their kids each week. As I was walking around and taking pictures, all kids were joining in and having fun, either learning new skills or mastering their techniques they had learnt from previous weeks. Many parents were participating, either demonstrating the technique or running alongside their child. As this club is very friendly and family orientated, this is great to see everyone getting involved and helping out to make a smooth and enjoyable experience for both the kids and adults.
On Sunday, our FAST session took place at Parliament House Hill. This was my first time at this venue and with Steve away overseas, we had Luke step up and show us the ropes of the hill. After we completed the warm ups and run throughs, we walked to the bottom of the hill to complete our 130 metre sprints at 70%. We only completed the runs 4 times as it was uphill, as it was a harder track and one of our main focuses was on recovery. I found that Parliament House Hill has been my most challenging venue so far, as I was sore from football the day before and I don’t think I was fully prepared for what was required of me and I didn’t balance out my intensity and walk backs correctly. This caused my legs to feel heavy and become tight. We then started to do our usual cool down.
This week has again opened my eyes up to focus on my sprinting technique and how to manage when fatigue kicks in. I am looking forward to the upcoming weeks with both Steve and the interns.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This was an interesting week for me at Ginninderra. As you all know our first week of the winter season, so this week was the first time I had been a part of a team meeting. All of the new interns and our supervisors met up to evaluate how the first week went. There was some good evaluation points that were brought up. Which was a great learning process for me because there were things that I was or not doing that I didn’t even notice. Things like taking charge a little bit too much and not allowing the junior coaches to get involved. For me personally this was the first time I had sat down in a “work orientated” meeting with the team. I also learnt that for long term projects such as these that weekly meeting to track the progress become essential. I never really realised that the members are paying for a service so it becomes our responsibility to deliver that service to the best of our ability. The only way that it can happen is by constant evaluation. As I mentioned in last week’s posts that University tries to give us this feel by putting us in group assignments. The difference is that working with professional like our supervisors is the difference in maturity. They have the ability and the confidence to turn around and say “we can do better, there are things that we thought would work and didn’t” where as in university groups you usually have a group member that believes there is nothing wrong with their work or believes they are smarter than everyone in the group. So being a part of a functional team with some clear guidance is a refreshing change.
These meeting will be taking place on a regular basis to make sure that we are keeping on top of the delivery of our winter season. So I look forward to receiving the constructive criticism to better the winter season for our members.
Week two of the winter season has come to an end and it was a successful weekend despite the less than favorable weather. The weekend was cold and raining and we still had basically the same number of kids show up for Tiger Cubs and Tiny Tots which is fantastic. Shows that people are supportive of the winter program and look forward to seeing more kids be a part of it. This week I decided to take a slightly less involved role due to the feedback I received. This week instead of taking charge and leading the activities. I decided to let the junior coaches lead the activities. I found this worked really well because the junior coaches are more experienced than me when it comes to coaching this age group. I ended up floating between activities and encouraging the parents to get involved as well as getting involved myself. This worked well because it seemed that the kids were responded to the junior coach’s well and the parents responded to me a little bit better than they did to the Junior Coaches. I think this may be due to the age difference and the language used. I struggle to use instructions that the kids easily understand and I find myself explaining too much and the kids get lost. When the JC’s talk to the parents they are a bit timid and shy because they aren’t used to telling people older than them what to do. I don’t have as much of an issue speaking to parents and adults because I am an adult myself. Because of that I also think the adults respond slightly better because they don’t mind being told what to do by another adult.