January 31, 2013,08:40 +0900(JST) Athletics Practice for Junior High School Students in Itami City - Season 5
As I have mentioned several times before in this blog, Sumitomo Electric holds athletic practice for junior high school students in Itami City in partnership with Itami City's Athletics Association. I'm pleased to announce that this program has entered its fifth season.
On December 24, a chilly Christmas Eve with a cold wave gripping Japan, the second round of this season was held, with the participation of approximately 130 students and their instructors.
Divided into groups according to sports events, namely, sprints, long-distance, jumping, and hurdling, the students received instructions from Mr. Koji Ito, an associate professor of Konan University, and members of the athletics club of Konan University, as well as from Mr. Tadayuki Hashimoto, the long-distance running coach of our athletics club, and members of our athletics club.
Receiving the instructions seriously, the students sometimes burst into joyful laughter. While the students seemed to be really enjoying the training, the secretarial staff members appeared to be shivering in the cold, truly evoking the old saying "while children are open-air lovers, adults are fireplace lovers."
Joining in with the students, I warmed my body well enough by doing some exercises and walking, and then did some dashes and running. Although I wore a bench coat at first in the bitterly cold weather, during my one-hour training, my body gradually began to feel warm. It was good for a change.