|World Athletic Day Part 1/GTFA Junior National Track & Field Championship||April 11||JFK-All high school athletes are eligible|
|GTFA Youth National Track & Field Championship/WAD Part II||May 31||Leo Palace- All middle school athletes are eligible|
|GTFA Open National Track & Field Championship||June 7||Leo Palace|
Guam KID'S ATHLETICS
The Guam Track & Field Association hosted its first annual Kids Athletics Day at the Leo Palace Track on April 30th 2011. There were over 60 kids from the ages of 5 years old to 11 years old who took part in this very successful event.
GTFA has been preparing diligently for the event for the past few months and we are very appreciative for all the support we received from our national athletes as well as others in the community.
There were four Elementary schools in attendance. GTFA selected schools from different parts of our island. The event gave its participants a hands-on experience with the various technical track and field events. The events included the javelin, shot put, hurdles, pole vault, triple jump and various obstacle courses. With this new-found knowledge and experience we believe that the participants will take with them the skills to become great athletes in the middle and high school levels. It was both interesting and challenging to convert these events down so that these younger athletes will learn the mechanics of each event, but at the end of the day it all worked out. The athletes had a blast, as well as the officials, coaches and parents who were in attendance.
There were about 30 volunteers to man the eight different stations and the event was scored based on either the time or distance accumulated by each school. After five hours and a lot of fun the Tamuning Elementary Whales were crowned victorious after edging out the other schools in the final event of the day the frog leap or team standing broad jump that after the final competitor went spanned almost 70 meters.
GTFA is looking forward to next years event and through the success of the first one, we believe that the next one will bring in three times more participants with representatives from all elementary school on island.