Monday, August 9, 2010

Track and Field

We joined a local track and field club this spring, Niagara Regional Athletics, and have been learning, and practicing, track and field events. It is a lot of fun, and really good for keeping us fit! I get to practice alongside the children, so I am getting some "keeping fit" benefits too!

In July, we went to our first track meet. It was the MTA Championships (Minor Track Association, which is for children under 14), which meant that there were track clubs from all across Ontario there! It was quite overwhelming at times for us - noise, people, heat!! (It was a very hot day!) Here are a couple of pictures of Emmi's javelin throws.

All the Marshwiggles competed, and had good attitude, though we did not do so well in terms of results! Pip won a 5th place ribbon for his long jump, and Ben scooped a silver medal (from a field of two) in shotput, so that was encouraging for the younger boys. Emmi and Tim tried hard in their events - but no medals or ribbons for them. Here is Emmi doing a long jump.

And here is Emmi on a very determined final stretch of the 200m. I love the way her braids were swinging about!

Pip ran in the 100m. He and this little boy had difficulty staying in their lanes, but seemed pretty pleased with themselves at the finish line!

Tim's favourite events are the throws. Here he is doing the shotput.

Here is Ben in his silver medal performance for shotput (in his age category). Go Ben!

We learned a lot at this meet, for example, I thought I had brought WAAY too much water, but we used almost all of it! And I should bring a golf umbrella next time to give some shade to the eager spectators! We watched a little of the recent Canadian and World Junior track and field championships that were held in Moncton NB, and my guys were so much more interested having had their own experiences in track and field.

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