This is sort of part 2 of what was already a very long post about development in track and field.
The Quebec Athletics Federation has taken some great strides in the last year. The new president, Laurent Godbout, is a guy who is not afraid to say what he thinks, not afraid to go after sacred cows, and not worried about rocking the boat.
The NHL has returned, and filled the P.K. Subban-shaped hole in Canadians’ Saturday nights. Waiting for hockey to return, I wondered whether some other, niche, sports like box lacrosse or women’s hockey, had pushed hard to take away professional hockey’s air time.
I present the following table, mostly without comment. There are still some cases with entirely unnecessary seed-time inflations, but for the most part, the order was about the same (have to allow for some good days/bad days from the runners).
As we head into the new year, there is plenty to reflect on. There have been many changes this year, both in our group, and in Quebec athletics.
This weekend we went to New York, and I witnessed some very cool things, running-wise. First, on Saturday, an event called Summer Streets, which essentially closed Park Ave from about 30th (I think) to 72nd, so that people could walk, run or bike up and down the street.
That was fun! By all accounts, the distance running portion of the Canadian Olympic Track and Field team in London had one of the best Games in years.
In watching the Olympics these past few days, I’ve come to reflect on the debate surrounding which events should be included or not, and indeed, which events are even sports.
One of the more well-known and possibly controversial topics we covered in the first session at NCI was the 10,000 hour rule.
We had a nice bit of racing in our club this past weekend.
Amélie Kretz continued her absolute dominance over any other competitors (her closest rival was Gabrielle Edwards of Saskatchewan 41 seconds behind) in the National Junior Tri Series.
Over the last month I’ve been fortunate to attend a few courses offered by Quebec’s National Coaching Institute.