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Throw, Throw, Throw!

Picture from Pixabay.

 

Hi everyone!

I bet lots of you have heard, or even tried some of the events in track and field, or athletics. Every year at my school, grades four to seven go to the local track and have a whole day of track and field fun, with friendly competition against two other schools.

I’m  part of the real track club, which isn’t part of school, and my Dad is the president of the club! My Dad is one of the top javelin throwers for his age in the world, and his all time personal best is 72.72. (seventy two meters, seventy two centimeters)

He is fifty years old, and this past track season broke the Canadian record for his age group. He competes in all the throws, and I’m nagging on him to try a 100 meter or a 200 meter sprint this up coming season.

As for me, javelin isn’t my best. My best is about 17 meters. But I’m getting better! But right now I’m focusing more on another throwing skill. Hammer! This past summer I went to a junior development (JD) championship on the mainland, and I threw a huge personal best (PB) in hammer, and got a first place medal, so I was ‘provincial champion’ in hammer!

I threw 23 meters, as a standing throw, and if you read my post about Anita Wlodarczyk, at the top of the post there’s a video that has a link to youtube where you can watch her world record throw. In the video, when Anita throws, she turns. I just stood, swung it around, and let go. It looks a lot more impressive when she does it.

I’m working on my turns, and my goal for hammer is to keep pace with my older sister. She is 14 right now. She threw 31 meters in hammer this past track season. Next season she’ll be fifteen. I am twelve right now. Next track season I’ll be 13. So If she threw 31 meters when she was fourteen, then I need to throw over that mark when I’m 13.

Basically my whole family throws! My Mom used to do track, and she did sprints and javelin, you now know my sister, my Dad, and I all throw, and my grandma throws in all the events and she’s eighty!

Here are all the throwing events:

Discus, like throwing a heavy metal dinner plate, where it rolls off you fingers and flies into the air.

Shot put, like a cannonball that you push out into the air.

Javelin, like throwing sticks really far.

Plus hammer, like a shot put on the end of a wire with a handle that you swing around your head and release.

Have you tried track and field before? What’s your favourite event?

Thanks for reading!

Gabi

 

 

Volleyball

2016 WVB NYC | UofA vs UofC

Sangudo via Compfight

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to tell you about volleyball! I’m on the girls team this year, and we recently had our first game! We played three different schools, and hosted the games at my school. I like volleyball because it’s a sport that challenges you, but is also really fun. My team is really supportive of everyone.

I usually like solo sports. I do track and field, and I like it because you’re always competing with yourself, and trying to get your own personal best. Volleyball is a team sport, but in a way, follows the same sort of thing. Everyone on the team has their own personal techniques, and everyone has different skill levels than others. So you set your own goals to be your best and help the team improve. But really, the whole team is helping each other improve. You have to work together.

Volleyball is a really fun sport, and if you haven’t played before, you should try it out! It’s a great sport to work hard and have fun with your friends. If you don’t do too many sports, this might be the thing for you!

Do you like volleyball? Are you on a team?

Happy blogging!

Gabi

 

 

Halloween

Autumn Color Pumpkins im Whole Foods Market

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Hi everyone!

Halloween crept up fast, and I didn’t even carve my pumpkin! I went trick or treating with one of my friends, and I dressed up as a cowgirl! What did you dress up as?

Fall has come, but I can feel winter transitioning in already. Trees have lost almost all their leaves, the air is chilly, and I heard that it’s supposed to snow next weekend!

Every year, my school has a costume parade where each class goes around showing off their costumes, while Halloween music is playing. I like seeing other people’s costumes, especially the Strong Start kid’s costumes. Strong Start is preschool program for toddles at my school. Parents always dress their kids up with the most creative and cute costumes!

My favourite candy at Halloween is probably the Swedish Fish or Fuzzy Peaches. I also like chocolate. I mean, who doesn’t? I always try to find what my teachers enjoy when I trick or treat, like in grade two, my teacher loved Aero chocolate bars, and she ended up getting more than half of my chocolate that year. Sometimes, though, I have no idea what kind of candy they’re talking about.

This year my class created Halloween safety skits. My group got the topic of neighbourhood safety, and we had to show what not to do, and what to do. We acted out kids getting invited into a stranger’s house, and kids getting into a stranger’s car for a ride home. Then Patricia the Halloween Fairy(a character my class created) waved her wand, we went back in time, and made better choices. We performed these skits in front of the whole school on Halloween.

What’s your favourite candy? What did you dress up as? Did you do anything special at your school for Halloween?

Happy Halloween and happy blogging!

Gabi

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