I saw this video today and it inspired me to share it with you and to comment on some of the many reasons why I love track and field. At meets it is a great time to reconnect with people I have not seen since the last season and it is a great opportunity to meet new people. I am always amazed at how helpful the track and field community is as well with the coaching of athletes from other schools as well as the sharing of equipment to help an athlete have a better experience. I also enjoy seeing the students from GRCI making friends with athletes and coaches from other schools as they go about competing and networking as the meet goes on.
It feels less competitive and more cooperative than other sports with which I have been involved. There is a real sense to me in the Region that people really want to see Track & Field excel regardless of who gets the credit. One of may favourite parts of the high school season are the debriefing sessions that I am part of with Gary Wilson, Jeff Anderson and Scott Curtis after the meets where we discuss what went well, what didn’t and what we can do to make it better. The progress that has been made for T&F in the Region has been greatly influenced by these sessions where notes are sometimes taken on an old file folder or scrap piece of paper. The synergy that we share it a true social networking that helps to make the experience better for the talented student athletes that we have in the area. Scary to think that amongst the four of us in the timing hut that there is over 160 years of T&F experience.
This is just one aspect of the social networking that takes place during the track and field season that I really enjoy. I love the face to face discussions that take place throughout the day. I could branch off into talking about the WCSSAA/D8 committee but I will hold off for now as I am out of gas for now.
Enjoy your true social networking and best of luck during the rest of the season!!