On your marks, get set…go!
With frigid temperatures outside, track athletes were inside at Northumberland Regional High School were inside the schools gym warming up for the indoor track season by taking part in a Christmas Break Camp hosted by Pictou County Athletics.
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Kaelan Schmidt, a Grade 10 high jumper, takes part in a Christmas Break Camp hosted by Pictou County Athletics.
“This is a good way to kick it off,” said Kaelan Schmidt, a Grade 10 high jumper, who is considered one of the best in the nation for his class.
He said this camp is a great way to get ahead of the game.
Lauren Quann, a Grade 9 student agreed.
“It helps because it’s a chance to work on different stuff you don’t get to work on in practices,” she said. “There’s some different coaches here so it’s nice to get their opinion on what they do.”
Dan MacDonald, one of the coaches, who helped organize the event said one of the main goals of the camp is to expose the county to the possibilities of track.
The Pictou County Athletics Club has had numerous athletes do well at Legion Nationals and Canada Games events, but MacDonald said there’s lots to gain by taking part in track, even for those who don’t consider it their forte.
“These skills are transferable to any sport, so some of the things they’re doing here is beneficial to hockey players or soccer players,” MacDonald said.
Pictou County has some amazing facilities now including the Pioneer Coal Track, the Wellness Centre and other fitness locations where athletes can now train throughout the year.
This is the first year they’ve held a Christmas Break camp, but it’s something he said they’d like do more of in the future. They had strong interest locally as well as a few people who came from outside the county.
All of the coaches are high quality and it’s good for the students to get to work with them he said.
“The more experience and the more exposure to high level coaches, the more athletes we’re going to be sending to Legions or Canada Games. It’s something we’re really trying to grow or enhance.”