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Special O athletes and coaches jumping into new year

Special O athletes and coaches jumping into new year

Well, it’s a new year and that means new happenings in the Special O universe. The winter sport athletes on the Coast are practicing as if they had never taken a break.

Coach Cathy reports: the ‘meet & greet’ swim camp, Jan. 5-7, for the national swim team even included a little swimming. The camp gave the coaches an opportunity to meet the athletes they will be tracking and meet their fellow coaches. The weekend included technique consultations with judges, functional testing and yoga. Physical as well as mental training was emphasized and athletes Stephanie Rogers and Genny Verge were encouraged to set goals and be aware of ways to calm themselves in the midst of the stress of competition.

Coach Darren Lane, reported from the two-day training camp in Victoria for his athletes, Gus Vaughn, Chris Walker and Amanda Boghean. This session focused on cross fit training such as core strengthening and endurance. “All the athletes, performed well but were a bit winded, as were some of the coaches.” The athletes were encouraged to do goal-setting as well. Some goals were personal for each one but all athletes were reminded of the importance of ongoing training and participating in SOBC programs.

One of the goals in basketball this season is to attend a fun tournament. On Feb. 3 both Gibsons and Sechelt teams will travel to Charles Best Secondary in Coquitlam. Sechelt coaches will be Marion West, Alec Robertson and Shelley McKinnon. Gibsons will have Sam Giampa, Laurie Miller and Dave Diether as coaches.  Good luck to both teams.

An upcoming qualifying curling bonspiel will happen in Gibsons on Feb. 17 with two teams from the Coast and two teams from Vancouver participating. The outcome will affect which team advances to the winter games.

Thirteen of the Orcas will compete at a swim meet in the new aquatic facility at UBC. It should be a treat to swim in a $38.5-million-dollar pool.

Registration coordinator Allyson Pearson informs us that a healthy athlete screening will take place on Sat. Feb. 24 at Vancouver Tech Senior Secondary in Vancouver.

This very interesting and informative day allows athletes to be assessed and receive professional help in many fields such as hearing, sight, feet, teeth, and nutrition. All athletes will find the experience worthwhile.

Finally, head track coach Tania Finnigan has assembled a team dubbed “The Coast Cannons” to run alongside Bruce Stuart in the April Fools Run. Genny Verge, Amber Maher and Micheal Oswald will each in turn run one leg of the event with Bruce. In preparation, all four athletes are meeting every Saturday for a group practice and are encouraged to run at least one or two other days on their own.

Viva Special O!

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