And then ONE came !
THANKS, KAINGAUE !
Having already written this morning about the "November problem" of athletes' attitude, I gratefully watched as Miss Kaingaue (a Junior athlete in 2009) made her way across from the main road to where I was sitting in the Stadium. The fact that she is one of the most promising Athletics talents of school-age in Kiribati made it even better that she had given up part of her Saturday morning to come and do some work.
So I took her through a complete "pyramid" of sprints, all at 100% from standing start, and all with walk-back recovery. The sprints were 4 x 20m., 3 x 30m., 2 x 40m., and 1 x 50m. This totals 300m. Then she had 3 minutes relaxed rest. Then did the second half of the pyramid, reversing the first half. (Another 300m.)
She worked hard - as she usually does with her own coach, Brian. After a cool down, she was rewarded with some water and two bananas !
I hope she comes with her friends - throughout the holiday time. She is already faster at her age (on 400m.) than our fastest and most experienced female athlete, Kaitinano Mwemweata.
See Kaingaue donning her spikes for the second half of the pyramid; on her first 20m. rep; and walking back from her second-half 50m.
WHERE IS BRIAN ?
Her own teacher-coach, Brian Fukuyama, accompanied by another young teacher-coach, Tekabara Raurenti, is currently at the Regional Development Centre (Oceania RDC) on Gold Coast, Australia, waiting for an IAAF CECS new Level 2 course. There have been very few opportunities for new coaches to tackle the new scheme so far, so we hope these two can be "pioneers" and indicate the way for others later.