Olympic sprinter runs athletics training

Friday May 18, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Members of the Track and Field Club Rarotonga alongside Olympic sprinter Patricia Taea at the completion of her coaching session yesterday afternoon. 18051702 Members of the Track and Field Club Rarotonga alongside Olympic sprinter Patricia Taea at the completion of her coaching session yesterday afternoon. 18051702

The next generation of Cook Island sprinters were given valuable coaching from Olympian Patricia Taea on Wednesday afternoon.

Organised by the Track and Field Club Rarotonga (TFC), Taea was at the BCI Stadium track, running two sessions for some of the island’s most talented youngsters.

The Brisbane-based athlete is on the island for the next month, enjoying her off-season after competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.

Despite a low turnout, Taea said there is no doubt there is talent on Rarotonga.

“They are a good bunch, an easy group of runners to train, and a lot of potential,” she said. “Definitely a lot of talent but what they do need is the extra push to eventually get better as well as some extra self-confidence.

 “Some of them didn’t think they could do what I was asking them, but after some positive encouragement they did it and they felt good afterwards. It probably didn’t feel good at the time but they pushed through.”

Taea said she is happy to run further sessions while back on the island.

“I want to give back and share a bit of what I know, what I’ve been taught and what works for me, and help the kids out in any way that I can.”

Despite being in the off-season from competing, Taea is still hard at work training in what she describes as her “building season”.

“The rain has kept me off the track the last few days so I have been in the gym instead.

“In my preparation phase my reps are harder, distances harder, weights heavier – but that’s what it is all about.”

Taea will next be in action in November when the athletics season starts in Australia.

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