Mak­ing ath­let­ics team sport

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St Peter’s School placed first for fe­male and se­cond for male at the Cen­tral Zone Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

The re­sults were cal­cu­lated by Sport Waikato based on points earned across all track and field events in all age groups - ju­nior, in­ter­me­di­ate and se­nior.

Each school earned points for ev­ery 1st - 6th plac­ing.

Run by ath­let­ics coaches Jess Pa­trick and Ange Russek, the St Peter’s ath­let­ics pro­gramme is coached in spe­cial­ity squads - sprint and re­lay, mid­dle dis­tance, hur­dles, jumps and throws.

The pro­gramme suits each ath­lete’s event, stage of de­vel­op­ment, goals and strength.

The school topped the re­gion in the raw score (over­all points for the day across all age groups) and the roll score, which was the to­tal points di­vided by the school roll.

‘‘We have proven re­sults, and we be­lieve we can con­tinue to de­velop fu­ture ath­letes to medals if they are com­mit­ted to the pro­gramme.

‘‘We go out of our way to sup- port them out of school hours in train­ing, men­tor­ing and at­tend­ing meets with them,’’ said Russek.

As well as get­ting great re­sults lo­cally and re­gion­ally, St Peter’s fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing the ath­lete from a ju­nior level through to na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion level.

‘‘We are big on cul­ture, train­ing and sup­port­ing each other at ev­ery ses­sion.

‘‘Ath­let­ics is an in­di­vid­ual sport, how­ever we cre­ate a team en­vi­ron­ment that both par­ents and ath­letes en­gage with,’’ Russek said.

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