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4 x 400m Target Talent Program

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1 4 x 400m Target Talent Program on Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:12 pm


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Sydney plays host to 4x400m relay program

The Sydney Track Classic provided the perfect backdrop for the Target Talent 4x400m Relay Program last week as 20 athletes from across the country descended on the Harbour City for two days of training and development.

Led by two of Australia’s most accomplished track coaches in Lyn Foreman and Peter Fortune, the two day program encompassed information sessions about the rules of relays, practical training sessions and a competition opportunity alongside Australia’s best track and field stars at Round 4 of the Australian Athletics Tour.

Originally to be held in Christchurch (NZL) before the city was devastated by an earthquake, the camp has been a long time coming but the learning provided to athletes was well worth the wait.

“The camp was originally planned to be held alongside the QEII meet in Christchurch but unfortunately the earthquake and its effect on that great little city forced a late change,” Sara Mulkearns, Athletics Australia Junior High Performance Manager, said.

“We worked closely with all athletes involved to shift the program to coincide with the Sydney meet and feedback has been fantastic.

“The coaches were impressed and the athletes head home with a sound knowledge of relays and how vital they are to Australia’s high performance program.”

The program also included an athlete forum at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Hosted by Athletics Australian Coaching Manager Michael Poulton, athletes reviewed videos of Australia’s relay results at the Commonwealth Games and had the opportunity to interact with triple Olympic gold medallist Angelo Taylor.

“Taylor has won a gold medal at the Olympics in a 4x400m relay so his insights into relay running were really useful for our group,” Mulkearns continued.

“He was the ideal motivation heading into a cross-Tasman dual against New Zealand in relays at the Sydney Track Classic.”

With results promising, competition at the Sydney Track Classic was the first competition hit out the program has encountered as a group with the team atmosphere very positive.

The Target Talent 4x400m Relay Program is one of six undertaken by Athletics Australia, with this camp the fourth so far this domestic season. In previous weeks, other groups of athletes have already taken part in a 4x100m relay, pole vault and 400m hurdles camp.

Athletics Australia congratulates the athletes involved and extends our most sincere thanks the coaches and presenters involved.

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