Little athlete Nicole Gusman strides out on Toormina Oval under the gaze of visiting coach Alvin Umadhay.
Little athlete Nicole Gusman strides out on Toormina Oval under the gaze of visiting coach Alvin Umadhay.

Coach drops in for a day but now wants to stay

By GREG WHITE

RUNNING, jumping or standing still.

Long jumps, sprints, high jumps and hurdles.

The kids from Little Athletics were having a blast on Toormina Oval this week, enjoying their school holiday skills day.

"Look at all these kids and the fun they're having," organiser Greg Robson observed.

"We called for applications for the camp and 44 turned up.

"Some of them come from the ranks of high achievers but in general, they were all just here to enjoy themselves."

Robson said he could see improvement in the performance of many of the little athletes with as little as a half hour's tuition.

"All are learning fundamentals," he said.

"They quickly pick up the correct technical way of doing things and enhance their skills.

"Their improvement is amazing."

City-based coach Alvin Umadhay was having as much fun as the youngsters as he took one group aside to explain the tricks a runner used to increase speed.

And co-coaches Kerry Smith and Matt Russo also had the kids eating out of their hand.

"It didn't need much persuasion to come here for the day," Umadhay said.

"My wife suggested we have a look at some property while we're here as it's a fantastic place to live.

"It's a great lifestyle and we're having as much fun putting the kids through their routines as they are."



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