Training opportunity with top athletes

Tuesday May 15, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
National sprinter Patricia Taea – pictured here holding the Cook Islands fl ag at the recent Commonwealth Games opening ceremony – will be running a training clinic with Track and Field Club Rarotonga tomorrow at the BCI Stadium. 18051415 National sprinter Patricia Taea – pictured here holding the Cook Islands fl ag at the recent Commonwealth Games opening ceremony – will be running a training clinic with Track and Field Club Rarotonga tomorrow at the BCI Stadium. 18051415

Former Cook Islands Olympian and Track and Field Rarotonga (TFC) coach Erin Quirke has teamed up with 2017 Sportswoman of the Year Patricia Taea to present a training clinic at BCI Stadium tomorrow.

The open session is available to all athletes who want to learn and gain valuable insights from a Pacific Games gold-medal winner about sprinting, speed and training habits.

TFC is continuing to train the next generation of athletes each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon, with an increasing number of youth (13+) coming along regularly to train at the BCI Stadium in all weather conditions.

Mini competitions have seen healthy battles emerging between individuals, and their steady improvements in skills, techniques and times are encouraging to both coaches and the athletes involved.

Over the next few months, TFC will be looking to engage with more current and former international athletes in the hope of helping their athletes continue to improve as they work towards their goals for the season.

The club is also in talks with Tereapii Tapoki to come and run a speciality coaching session for up and coming throwers to improve their techniques.

And fellow TFC coach and former national triathlete Thomas Henderson will once again be running the Rarotonga X Country series, with the opening race starting tomorrow at Takitumu Primary from 5pm.

Races will be every Wednesday until the series finale on July 18.

Meanwhile, TFC president Ruth Tangiiau Mave will be conducting a coaching course for anyone who would like to gain their Level 1 in athletics coaching.

The course will also double as a refresher for anyone who has previously gained their Level 1 qualification and is wanting to return to the track.

Joining Mave for this course is Fijian decathlete Albert Miller, who is highly regarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations as both a lecturer and a former athlete.

Anyone wishing to join the course in July is invited to contact Mave on 51418 or via the Track and Field Club Facebook page.

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