Fermi holds track seminar for local children

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Apr. 20, 2012
A boy prepares to land in the sand pit after his long jump. Photos by Colin Rajala.
A boy prepares to land in the sand pit after his long jump. Photos by Colin Rajala.

Spring break is a time for kids to relax from school and is often spent watching TV and movies or playing video games, but more than 30 children of the Enfield Public School system spent a part of their break exercising and learning a new sport.

Enfield children took time out of their spring break to come to the Enrico Fermi track and lace up their sneakers tight to participate in a track seminar on April 18. The track seminar was hosted by The Enfield Parks and Recreation Department alongside Fermi Track head coach Dan O’Connell. The camp also featured volunteer coach Dan Teigen, Fermi record holder in the long jump, as well as the current Fermi track squad who donated their time to be camp counselors.

“The camp started 10 years ago when we were looking for a way to introduce the sport to kids and families,” O’Connell said. “We have a great turn out every year and we are happy to work with the Parks and Rec to make this happen, we have a good partnership.”

The seminar's main goal is to spark an interest in the sport while teaching skills and techniques in a fun and safe environment to the participants. The seminar highlights the main events of track and field including, the long jump, high jump, hurdles, javelin, discus as well as long distance running. The tutorial encouraged the kids to use the new skills and techniques at the Enfield Hershey Track meet on May 23.

“Not everyone wants to run, that’s why we expose them to throwing and jumping,” O’Connell said. 

The two hour seminar ended with relay races around the whole track involving all the event's attendees. After the children raced, the seminar finale featured the Fermi track team/counselors holding a relay race of their own exciting the attendees.

“Each year we get a couple of kids on the high school teams that participated in these camps,” O’Connell said. “I’m always impressed with the talent here; at least a dozen kids catch my eye each year. You encourage them to keep coming back and hope they compete for the middle and high school in the future. “

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