On Friday the 20th of March I went to future champions at Blake Park. Future Champions is run by Sport Bay of Plenty. It is a fun filled day where you get professional coaching on a specific sport. It is run for year 5-8 students over 3 days. In order to go to this day you have to be accepted by filling out an application form. This year there were 800 applications and only the top sports people in each code were successful. There are lots of different sports including: athletics, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rugby, rugby league, squash, tennis, water polo and volleyball.
To kick the day off we had a guest speaker who talked about true champions and her sporting achievements. Then we got into our sport groups and set off for our first session. I was in Athletics with 18 other year 7 and 8s. Our coach was Barrie Jenkins. He is a coach mentor - someone who coaches other coaches how to coach. He also coaches a wide range of athletes and has travelled all over the world with New Zealand teams. Over the morning we learnt heaps of warm ups and techniques tips as well as throwing shot-puts, javelin and discus. I also had a go at pole vault.
After lunch we had a nutrition session where we learnt about what we should be eating before and after our games. I really enjoyed Future Champions. It was an awesome opportunity to be involved in.