Future Stars of Orkney Track and Field

Youngsters Line up to be Future Stars of Orkney Track and Field YOUNGSTERS from across Orkney got a taste of athletics during the Easter holidays, at the second annual Norwich Union Star:Track event to be held in the county.

Twenty-one pupils from Glaitness, St Andrews, Papdale, Dounby and Stenness primary schools took part in the three-day Star:Track course. The national sporting event was organised locally by the active schools and sports development team and staff from the Pickaquoy Centre and the children were coached by members of Orkney Athletic Club.

OAC coach Alison Davis explained that the idea behind the event is to raise the profile of athletics by giving the youngsters taster sessions of various events and encourage them to look at athletics as a sport.

“Some of the kids were here last year and enjoyed it, some are in the club already and some are completely new faces,” said Alison.

Over three mornings last week the children did throws, runs and jumps, trying a different one of each every day to let them experience all different sides to athletics.

Alison added: “Some of our senior athletes have come along to help out as well – James recently completed his sports leadership course, so this is a good chance for him to put leadership skills into practice.”

Kiera Johnston (10) from Dounby said this was the first year she’d attended the course: “I’ve not really done much athletics before. I went to a primary competition last year but that’s all. This has been quite fun, the coaches have been nice to work with. I have enjoyed it, I like getting the chance to do all the different kinds of athletics, I had never done the shot-put or javelin before. I like most of them. There’s an Orkney Athletics competition soon, so I might go to that.”

Claire Rendall (9) from Glaitness has been doing athletics for about a year and said she’d enjoyed the Star:Track course: “It’s been fun. I like all the activities we’ve been doing, the long jump is my favourite. I go to athletics on a Tuesday and want to continue that.”

She added that going to the course during the Easter holidays was a good way to make lots of new friends.

Orkney Today, April 15, 2010

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