May 16, 2011 9:30 AM

Summary of athletics practice in 2010

Hello, I’m Kondo, of the HR & Administration Group, Itami Works of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
To contribute to regional sports promotion, Itami Works held a total of four monthly sessions of athletic practice for local junior high school students between November last year and February this year.

The athletic practice is organized by the Itami City Athletics Association and supported by the Itami City Board of Education. Sumitomo Electric has cosponsored the practices for three years. Designed for boy and girl track-and-field athletes (particularly sprinters) from six junior high schools in Itami City, the practice was held at Sumitomo Multipurpose Sports Field, located near Itami Works. Members of our company’s athletics club coached the participants. The enthusiastic coaching from our club members was well received, not only by participating students, but also by junior high school teachers. The first session of the athletics practice was highlighted by the participation of Mr. Koji Ito, our athletics club advisor, who is the current Japanese record holder in the 100-m sprint and an associate professor at Konan University. Despite his busy schedule, he joined the event; his presence greatly inspired junior high school students in their practice.

All four sessions of the 2010 athletics practice were blessed with good weather, with over 400 junior high school students participating in total. Under the instruction of Sumitomo Electric athletics club members, students practiced hard. We were invigorated by their honest attitudes and untiring efforts.

At the 37th National Junior High School Athletics Championships in August last year, a woman student at Aramaki Junior High School, who had participated in our 2009 athletics practice, won national first place in the 100-meter race. Hoping that our athletic practice will continue to help participants become Japan’s top-level athletes, I am proud to report that our athletics practice of 2010 ended in success.

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