The Good Spirit School Division (GSSD) held its annual elementary indoor track and field meet for students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 at the Gallagher Centre Flexihall over three days last week. Each year the GSSD schools are divided into three equal groups. Each group of kids ages nine to 12 years participates in an indoor track meet each day explains meet coordinator Dave Baron. He estimates about 450 youngsters compete each day.
The young, aspiring track stars compete in five different events, including high jump, long jump, shot put, 50 metre footrace, 600 metre race, and a 4x1 relay race, Baron reports.
The event helps to prepare the students for the outdoor track and field meet season, Baron adds. The emphasis for each day is participation, he suggests.
The top sixth youngsters in each event advance to the showcase meet which will take place Saturday, May 5 at the Gallagher Centre Flexihall, starting at noon. “We bring back 350 to 400 kids and kind of spotlight those kids with extra talent,” Baron states.
“When you look around, you see lots of smiling faces. That’s the most important thing,” Baron closes.