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Two Island natives and Canadian champions will be part of a track and field clinic next week in Charlottetown.
New Haven sprinter Jared Connaughton and Souris triple jumper Kurt MacCormack will join coaches and former athletes as part of the clinic, Athletics P.E.I. said Tuesday. The clinic will work on sprints (100 to 400 metres) as well as the long and triple jumps.
“We are extremely pleased to offer this calibre of camp to young athletes in the province,” said provincial head coach Colin MacAdam.
“We are holding this event to expose our speed and power athletes to some high performance instruction and to try to attract more people to the sport in the province.”
Connaughton and MacCormack are both preparing for the Canadian Track and Field championships being held in Moncton from June 27 to 29.
The clinic will take place Wednesday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at UPEI Alumni Track and Field Place. It is for athletes aged 12 and old.
The cost of the camp will be free to Athletics P.E.I. members and $10 for non-members. Camp participants, who decide to join Athletics P.E.I., will have the camp fee deducted from their membership fee.
Athletics P.E.I. is also hosting an introduction to athletics camp and Hershey track meet on Saturday, June 21.
Planning is underway for a throws clinic in July and a cross-country day camp in August.
“We are trying to raise the profile of the sport by offering top-quality training for athletes along with these higher profile camps and clinics,” said Athletics P.E.I. president Andy Walker.
Coaches may attend the clinic for the Athletics P.E.I. membership fee of $5.