More than running and jumping at the St. Thomas Legion Club development camp
August 17, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - It is where future stars of track and field begin their careers.
The annual junior development camp with St Thomas Legion club introduces young athletes to all disciplines of track and field.
"The whole of the camp is to introduce all of the track and field events, running, jumping, throwing," coach Harry Stantsos said. "Most of them don't understand there are more events, than distance (running) and long jump."
Youth are introduced to high jump, hurdles and throwing events.
The camp, active for over 20 years, is for youth ages seven to 12, and offers three two-week sessions, in July and early August, at the track and field facility, behind Parkside Collegiate.
"I want the athletes and the community to know about the events in track and field," added Stantsos. "We have so many events in track and field. If you're not a jumper, sprinter, or hurdler, you can still do something."
The camp follows the Run, Jump, Throw National Youth Development program, designed by Athletics Canada, Campers learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing, giving the youth athletes a strong foundation for any sport.
An emphasis of the camp is personal growth, learning to focus on achieving personal best performances and not on the competitive nature of the sport.
Coach Stantsos had some help from some of the club's elite athletes, including Mike Roth, who competed at the 2021 World Athletics U20 championships, in both the 200 and 400-metre sprints. Also, Tayah DeSousa, who attends Long Beach University, in Los Angeles and Mason Basson, heading in to his first year at the University of Guelph.
The camp as been active for over 20 years and many campers do join the club.
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