Georgia Scheduled To Host Inaugural Track & Field Clinic


Athens, Ga. -- Members of Georgias track and field coaching staff will team with Ruth Gildea, a nutritionist who works with Bulldog athletes, to host the first-ever Georgia Track and Field Clinic for coaches on January 7, 2006. The one-day clinic will be open to track and field coaches and instructors throughout Georgia and beyond the borders of the state.

The clinic is designed to provide on-going education for high school, middle school and youth track and field coaches in and around the state of Georgia, Georgia head coach Wayne Norton said. Our coaching staff will share information about training philosophy, practice organization and their experience. Many of the coaches who attend the clinic will be first-time coaches who are in need of this kind of coaching education event and other coaches may need more information in specific areas in which they are not quite familiar.

Following registration at the Rankin Smith Center at 8:30 a.m., Georgia assistant coaches Jon Stuart, Tonya Lee, Aaron James and Dave Hartman will instruct participants on a variation of training techniques: sprints and relays, jumps, weight-lifting, conditioning, nutrition training, hurdles, pole vault and distance running.

Having coached scores of All-Americans and NCAA champions throughout their careers, Georgias coaches will concentrate on the proper methods of training, warming-up and participating in the selected events offered by the clinics. Norton believes that clinics such as these better the sport as a whole because coaches become more equipped to teach their athletes.

Clinics are helpful in the development of the sport of track and field because they improve coaching, Norton said. We have always received positive feedback on our camps and clinics and I wish we had more opportunities to do more of them.

The Georgia Track and Field Clinic will be held at the Rankin Smith Center and Georgias Forrest Spec Towns Track from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and there will be a 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. lunch period for all participants.

Any questions about the clinic should be directed to Toby Cook in the UGA track office at (706) 542-7915 and a description of the clinic and a registration form can be found on the attached document. There is a $40 registration fee to take part in the clinic.

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