The Oceanside Track and Field Club offers young athletes an opportunity to try out a variety of events such as long jump. (Michael Briones photo)

The Oceanside Track and Field Club offers young athletes an opportunity to try out a variety of events such as long jump. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Track and Field Club gearing up for first full season in 2 years

Online information meeting set to take place March 10

The Oceanside Track and Field Club looks forward to its first full track season in two years.

To plan ahead, they are inviting athletes, parents and interested coaches to attend an online information on Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

There will also be an opportunity to hear the latest updates on the new Oceanside Community Track.

The club was established in the late 1980s. It has a junior development program for athletes aged nine to 13 and athlete development for 14- to-18-year-olds. Training is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at Ballenas Secondary track with an extra session on Saturdays for the older age group.

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In the junior development, athletes are encouraged to try different events to gain a wide range of athletic skills and discover which they enjoy the most. They include sprints, middle distance, race walking, hurdles, long jump, high jump, fiscus, shot put, hammer and javelin.

“The club has a wonderful spirit of fun and inclusion,” said Jane Waite, club president. “All our coaches are volunteers and we also encourage our alumni athletes to coach younger members of the team across all disciplines. This year, track competitions will be held in Nanaimo and Victoria. These are memorable and enjoyable weekends as athletes attempt to beat their personal best in their favourite disciplines.”

Track weekends are sanctioned by Vancouver Island Athletic Association. Athletes can track their official results over the season and view their provincial and even Canadian rankings on the Athletics Canada website.

The club is also keen to hear from new volunteer coaches across all disciplines. To register for the information evening, please visit oceansidetrackfield.ca

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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