November 28, 2008,09:12 +0900(JST) Athletics practice for junior high school students in Itami City (2)
Our two-hour athletics practice was very rich in content. I believe that the participants - junior high school athletes and future sprinters - found it very interesting and stimulating. They had the opportunity to learn directly from a world-class athlete about how to train the whole body, to develop the ability to quickly leap into motion and how to make the best of it in competition. I hope this training will help those participants in their future physical and mental development.
Since the participants are still junior high school students, they are in varying physical formative stages. Many of them will grow taller and bigger. I’d be very pleased if they could grow remarkably as track-and-field athletes, thanks to the correct training method taught at the event. Some of the participants were already demonstrating great potential during the training. Some were making immediate progress after learning how to better use their feet, particularly their toes.
I also followed the training, rather discreetly. I’m happy to say I did quite well during the two hours, and I had to, I must add, for I have the ambition of winning in masters athletics competitions (!). I’m confident that I can still continue progressing as an athlete.
Mr. Ito told me that he was impressed with my run, which was “more powerful than anybody else’s.” Perhaps he was simply being nice. He was also kind enough to worry about my physical condition the following day and the day after that. I’d like to report here that his worry proved unfounded. I train regularly and seriously.
After the training, the participants, Mr. Ito, others and I sat down for a pleasant meal together. This was an activity I was far better at than running; I really enjoyed it. I was touched by the sincere enthusiasm for sports of the people involved in organizing this event, Sumitomo Electric athletic club members who came to help run the event and others.
Mr. Ito writes about this event in his blog. (In Japanese)
I’d like to thank all those involved for their efforts in making this event a great success.