BY Audrey Akins
BCAC athletes were well-represented at 2016 OFSAA Track and Field Championships held at the University of Windsor from June 3 - 5. Amari Jones led the way earning two bronze medals, one in the senior boys triple jump (13.95 m) and the other in the senior boys long jump (6.78 m). Newcomer to the high school scene, Karlie Moore continued her stellar season with a bronze medal in the midget girls 300mh (44.41) and a 6th place finish in the midget girls 80mh (12.30). Jasmine Scott-Kilgo continues to impress in her second year at the high school level. She earned a bronze medal in the junior girls 80mh with a time of 12.28 and was 4th in the junior girls long jump (5.25 m). First year senior Jada Jackson came through with some excellent performances in the highly competitive 100 and 200m races. She finished 6h in the senior girls 100m (12.21) and 8th in the senior girls 200m (25.24). Jerriah Kelly and Dallas Akins also had good performances to end their high school seasons. Jerriah was 5th in the midget girls 300mh hurdles (46.03) and Dallas was 6th in the senior boys high jump (1.85 m). None of these accomplishments would be possible without the hard work, commitment and dedication of the many high school and club coaches of these young athletes. Congratulations and a big thank you to Coaches Rob, Andrew and Rebekah and the rest of the (Sandwich S.S.) Staff, Coach Poole (Holy Names S.S.) and Coach Des (Maranatha Christian Academy).
What are your favourite and most comfortable type of footwear during the summer months? I'm sure most athletes would respond with flip flops. Flip flops are easy to put on and remove and present little restriction to your feet. Yet, are they the best choice of footwear for the athlete population? For years I've had a sneaking suspicion that flip flops were the source of major foot problems. Those suspicions lead me to a theory, that the mechanics of the foot when walking in flip flops impedes normal foot mechanics. While i'm no biomechanists, I believe that the use of flip flops by athletes present consequences and subsequently injuries that affect athlete performance. So I searched for data to back up my claims and to prove my point to athletes and parents alike, but to no avail. Even if I was able to prove it, I'm not sure the masses of flip flop wearing athletes would have listened or heeded to my advice. However in this day and age of graphics, video and media, it came as a pleasant surprise when I stumbled on this Infographic that helped to illustrate some of the negative effects of "Floosy Flops" as I have coined them. Take a look at the infographic below and let's hope you come to the same decision as I did. Say no to "Floosy Flops". If you are looking for a set of sandals, find ones that have a good set of fastening straps or a backing to them like Birkenstocks ( http://www.birkenstock.ca ). As an athlete your body is your major currency, don't spend that currency by using improper footwear. Source of the infographic : @BU_Iron_Bear or search Twitter for the hashtag #burecover
Welcome to the new edition of the RUNBCAC Blog, where will update you with pictures, information on what our club athletes and patrons are doing in the Windsor Essex community and around the world. Also it will serve as a way to direct you to sporting and life information that we as coaches stumble up during our daily coaching journey's. Check us out.