Track Attack! is a Calgary-based children’s day camp designed to instill confidence though the fundamentals of track and field. The camp offers athletes an opportunity to learn and build upon basic track and field skills like hurdles, shot put, high jump and sprint starts among others. There will also be a workout everyday along with strength, flexibility and balance components.
I’m Tara, and I’m the head coach and founder of Track Attack. I started racing when I was just in junior high, and joined CALTAF back in 1997. As an athlete I trained with Jason Lindsay and Christine Laverty (current CALTAF coaches) for 14 years until I retired from racing in 2011. During that time I attended an NCAA Div 1 university in North Carolina and became a two time National medalist in the 3k Steeple Chase. I currently coach for CALTAF within the Multi Events group alongside Juerg Meister. And I’ve coached on various Alberta teams, including the Alberta Summer Games 2014 as the Head Coach and the Distance Coach for the Canada Summer Games team in 2015. In addition to all of that, I’m also a Special Education teacher here in Calgary.
I train and coach with the knowledge that there is nothing noble in being superior to someone else, the only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. And teaching for me, whether on the track or in the classroom, is about helping children discover, appreciate and interact with what is happening around them. I don’t think of Track Attack as just a track and field day camp, it’s a time for kids to gain self-confidence, navigate new social relationships, delve into their leadership potential, develop and strengthen their empathy and much much more. I know that all of that can be brought out in my athletes by focusing on the fundamentals of the sport I love.
I can’t wait to see all my past athletes at the camp! And I hope to meet lots of new athletes this summer too!
My name Emma, and I am one of the coaches for Track Attack! Currently I am a student enrolled at William Aberhart High School, and I am approaching my sixth season competing as a CALTAF athlete. I am so excited to be sharing my passion for track with all of the athletes looking to come out this year! Since I joined, I have had the pleasure of working with Robin Barclay, Juerg Meister, as well as my current coach, Kim Cousins. My career as a Track athlete has lead to many uncountable opportunities such as competing at Alberta Summer Games, Legion Nationals, as well as an international meet in Honolulu, USA. Initially, I started out solely training for short sprints, like the 100m dash and hurdles, however recently I have broadened my focus towards training for heptathlon.
Though I have devoted nearly a third of my life to this sport, I strongly believe that people need balance in their lives. This is why I’ve been involved in many amazing volunteering organizations, school band, science fair, and many other hobbies. I want to inspire people to try things they never would have pictured themselves doing, and to have fun while doing it. For me, Track Attack is an opportunity for youth to get active this summer, meet new friends, and try the many events offered by the sport of track and field.
As Frederic von Schiller said, “Keep true to the dreams of your youth.”
I’m Sarah and track has always been a big part of my life, although I only started competing three and a half years ago. Before that, I did it just for fun for about six years. I started out in CALTAF just doing short sprints, but soon realized that that was not where my true potential lay. After a brief stint where I added triple jump as a major focus, my coaches; Tara Dressler and Juerg Meister, convinced me to transition into the long sprints, which I still compete in today. My favourite events are the 400m sprint and the 400m hurdles.
I believe that the truly special part of track and field lies in its individuality. You may be part of a team, but you compete as individuals. And although there are other athletes in your event, your true competition is yourself. In track and field, you’re constantly fighting to be better than you’ve ever been before. It’s easy to work hard in order to beat someone else, but to beat your previous self, that takes a whole lot more. This sport builds determination, confidence, and dedication. Another great thing about it is that no matter what you’re good at, there’s an event for you. There’s so many different options, and all of them are lots of fun!
I am looking forward to working with all of you this summer, it will be a blast!
Brent Stephen is a CALTAF endurance-speed athlete specializing in the 400. Brent currently attends SAIT and is registered in Radio Broadcasting, his father was the voice of the Calgary Stampeders! Brent was nominated as SAIT’s athlete of the week coming off of a team bronze medal at the ACAC championships in February. You can find Brent at the track either with his spikes on or his face behind his camera lens.
Track Attack is a Calgary based children’s day camp designed to instill confidence though the fundamentals of track and field. The camp offers athletes an opportunity to learn and build upon basic track and field skills like hurdles, shot put, high jump and sprint starts among others. There will also be a workout everyday along with strength, flexibility and balance components.
This year’s camp takes place August 8th to 12th, from noon until 3PM.
The camp is for children aged 4 – 14 and the athletes will be grouped based on age.
The camp will take place at the Glenmore Athletic Park – 5300 19th st SW