Oceanside Track and Field Club prepares for first full season in two years

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Oceanside Track and Field Club (OTFC) invite athletes, parents and interested coaches to attend an online information evening in anticipation of its first full season in two years.

“The club has a wonderful spirit of fun and inclusion. All our coaches are volunteers and we also encourage our alumni athletes to coach younger members of the team across all disciplines,” said Jane Waite, club president. 

“This year, track competitions will be held in Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Victoria. These are memorable and enjoyable weekends as athletes attempt to beat their personal best in their favourite disciplines.”

The online information session is set for March 10 at 7 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to hear the latest updates on the new Oceanside Community Track, according to OTFC.

OTFC was established in the late 1980’s. Junior Development is for athletes aged 9–13 and Athlete Development is for 14–18 year-olds. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Ballenas High School with an extra session on Saturdays for the older age group.

Within Junior Development, athletes are encouraged to try out different events to gain a wide range of athletic skills and also discover which they most enjoy. Events include sprints, middle distance, race walking, hurdles, long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, hammer and javelin.

Track weekends are sanctioned by Vancouver Island Athletic Association (VIAA). Athletes can track their official results over the season and view their provincial and even Canadian rankings on the Athletics Canada website.

The club is also keen to hear from new volunteer coaches across all disciplines. To register for the information evening, visit the club’s website.

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