Track and Field is an amazing sport. I believe it is one of the truest and simplest. I am definitely biassed as well but I can state with certainty that it is beyond a doubt the best! There is just something pure about it. When we think of our youth and what we did as kids surely we can all remember running and more specifically racing – usually to a tree or pole that had been singled out. The amazing thing is sometimes you just get brought to the basics. Lately, I spend much of my time thinking about performance related aspects and this doesn’t always mean high performance programming. Sometimes its about optimizing the simplest and most effective with the younger ones. So a few weeks ago when I got the chance to be involved with a kids program for Kids Help Phone it was a win. Seeing these kids run, jump, throw, laugh, and play is what its all about.
This past weekend also saw me take part in the 3rd annual Nike High School Grand Prix. This meet brought together one male and one female team from each province and territory to Toronto (UofT) for this event that consisted of Athletes panel (Damian Warner), Blue Jays game, and a track meet. The meet itself was pretty cool. Lots of music during the meet, simple events (100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 100/110H, LJ, HJ, SP), and lots of cameras. The jumbo-tron was in constant use and the kids were able to see themselves on the big screen. Funny how even as it was discussed they still got nervous when the camera was in their face but thankfully you learn more from experiencing and I believe they are all a little stronger after having gone through it all.
Nike swag, track meet, blue jays game, and fun. What more does a coach need. A great event, great weekend, and good times with some amazing kids.