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President’s Welcome

posted Oct 11, 2015, 10:30 PM by david.jackson@rippedorange.co.nz
Welcome to the beginning of a new athletic season! The recent track and field World Champs held in Beijing was just fantastic to watch! Most athletes competing in the track and field events will have started their careers competing as children in competitions similar to our Wednesday club evenings and the Saturday interclub competitions.  It is interesting to hear how a number of these top athletes swap events over time as they mature and develop their broad skill base.  The benefit of competing in as many running, jumping and throwing events as a young athlete provides a solid base of skill development for ever!  These events showcase the purest form of athleticism inside an arena which creates an atmosphere that is hard to match. Track and field events often provide the building blocks for other sports and the basics of run, jump and throw are the foundations that this club dedicates itself to in order to develop the skills of our athletes.

During the past few weeks we have endeavoured to phone every family who was involved last summer to gather feedback on the club.  The pleasing thing about these calls was the overwhelming positive feedback on our Wednesday Club night with families appreciating the fun atmosphere and the opportunity to improve skills and gain fitness.  We also received feedback that we could promote interclub more and alter our coaching for interclub athletes.  We will be implementing some positive changes this year as a direct result of this feedback.  Coaching will provide technical advice to athletes and also help them to learn the concepts behind general conditioning, preparing for competition and event recovery.

The Saturday interclub events for the coming season will again be held at Rawhiti Domain in New Brighton with a couple of trips during the season to Timaru to compete on the all-weather track at Aorangi Stadium.  We would love more of our Wednesday athletes to give this a go!  You can come along to Rawhiti for a look without committing.  Our club will again be putting on buses for the Timaru trips, a fun way to travel and bond with your clubmates!   

Some highlights of the coming season will be the Colgate Games to be held in Nelson between the 15th and 17th of January 2016 and the Canterbury Champs that will be held in Timaru on 12-13th March 2016.

The club is heavily reliant on the help of parent volunteers; we appreciate your ongoing support here.  On top of general help, if you have any special skills we can utilise please let us know.

The principles of having fun and making new friends, training hard and working to improve personal bests are the building blocks of the club’s success and will once again be the focus for the 2015/2016 season.

I look forward to seeing you all again in October and don’t forget to get online to register for the 2015/2016 season, and get your friends to give it a go too!

Mark Forward 

Club President