THE department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (DSRAC) held a coaching clinic for sprinters, led by an Eastern Province (EP) mentor coach, at the Queen’s College Recreation Grounds on Saturday.
DSRAC Academy of Sport coordinator in the Chris Hani region Dolly Sigwili said the clinic was also an information sharing session for coaches and sprint coaches interacted on the day. “We hope to improve the performance of sprinters in the area. EP mentor coach Thobela Thoba has recommended a follow up session when committed coaches can be taught how to design training programmes,” She said the session, despite being disrupted by rain and having to break earlier than anticipated, had a positive impact on the athletes.
Thoba, speaking to the athletes shortly before calling the day off, said the athletes had to challenge themselves as well as their coaches. He said they had to train, even during school holidays and be the best they ever could. “The more competitions you are exposed to, the more you grow as athletes. You must enter competitions outside your district and run with people who are faster than you. You don’t learn anything from winning all the time, you learn from losing and disappointment