Track & Field
Overview of Track & Field
We are a sports CCA consisting of different event groups: sprints, throws, jumps and walks. Although we train separately, we are all one big family!
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
The teachers-in-charge, Ms Evelyn Teoh, Mr Caleb Ho and Mr Kenji Li, were all from VJC track and field when they were younger.
How often do you have your trainings?
Training is usually 3-4 times a week, depending on the event group and coach, with each session lasting about 2-3 hours.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
Training differs for each event group.
Sprints: We usually have an average of 3 trainings a week. There is a common misconception that sprints training is only about running, but we actually do strength training as well. Training usually consists of three parts: the warm up, strength training, and finally the main course: running.
Throws: Training with the actual equipment (shotput/javelin/discus) usually happens twice a week for 1-2 hours. We go out to the field where our coach will supervise us and give tips on how to improve our technique. Every training session includes a gym workout, with one session per week being full gym. The gym workouts include exercises to increase our strength, stability, and flexibility.
Jumps: Training consists of strength training, and of course a great focus on the technique for the various jumps. Each event––high jump, long jump, and triple jump––has its own important details and techniques which we have to work on. That’s why we have quite a number of drills/exercises which we practice almost every training session to ensure mastery of technique. We jump at the pit in 2 out of 3 trainings. The last training day is usually left for gym, where we build power, as it is a crucial factor in ensuring that a jumper can jump their farthest and highest.
Walks: We do interval training with laps. We also do lots of drills during training.
More about Track and Field
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
Track and field is about pushing boundaries and reaching our greatest potential, which not only builds our physical strength but mental strength as well. It’s the satisfaction of beating our personal bests that keeps us going and training hard. The people here are really nice and friendly too! As cheesy as it sounds, track and field really feels like family.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
The highlight would have to be the last day of the 2016 National Inter-School Track & Field Championships. We watched a few of our teammates compete in front of the whole school, cheered them on and had a victory dinner afterwards together. Last competition season was the first time our VJC team competed together. Together with our seniors, we put in our best and worked hard to achieve good results. Our journey throughout the entire season has contributed to the strong bonds we have now.
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
2016 National Inter-School Track & Field Championships Girls Overall 2nd
2016 National Inter-School Track & Field Championships Boys Overall 3rd
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
We are an encouraging bunch that never fails to motivate and cheer each other on (even during trainings) to do our best. We are quite bonded and we love having team lunches/dinners.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
If you are ready to commit to training, be prepared to have loads of fun and a fulfilling experience as you journey together with the other track and fielders.
Ashleigh Lim, 17S61
Chong Kai Xuan, 17S41