Track and field athletes go without winter break

Parkland school track group prepares for meets in 2012

Even though it’s January, there’s no sleeping in cosy dens until spring for both the younger and older athletes of the Peninsula Track and Field club.

Weekly practices at the Parkland secondary school track are the order of the day on Saturdays for the masters and senior games throwers and jumpers, or during the evenings for the younger sprinters and middle distance runners of the club.

The older athletes will resume their practices on Jan. 14 while the youngsters will return to their workouts that same week with Karen MacEwan, the club’s head coach.

As these activities progress, the work to resurface the existing track at Parkland continues with the help of North Saanich council, whose technical staff have been working with the club executive to prepare and forward an application for a B.C. government capital works grant to assist in this effort.

Other public and corporate fundraising initiatives will be pursued during the coming months to ensure the refurbished track will be available for general community and school use in 2013.

Building upon the successes achieved by club athletes last year with Canadian youth gold medals and world masters silver medals, 2012 looks to be another year in which Peninsula athletes can rise to personal best performances and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active program of running, jumping and throwing.

Details on times and other information can be checked with McEwan, at 250-655-4981. For very young track rascals, ages six to eight, registration for the April-May program happens at the track during the month of March or by phoning Lesley Foster at 250-656-5660.

The club welcomes new members of all ages and encourages anyone interested in learning about coaching or officiating to contact McEwan or Foster with questions.