Senior athletes giving back their time to coach the next generation of local athletes
Over the recent Christmas break, Jill Boltz – 2020 Coach of the Year Finalist along with 2 athletes that she coaches, Tayla Gunton and Isabella (Izzy) Dix, held a successful Junior Holiday program for excited runners.
The goals were to make kids realise that all they had to do was their best, that everyone was on a different path and together not only was running easier but it was more fun.
40 kids signed up for the program, boosting Jill, Tayla and Izzy morale knowing that others loved running as much as they do.
Both Tayla and Izzy have been with Pace Running since they were 11 years old and have gone through the highs and lows of running. This includes running well, injuries, expectations from others, peer pressure, finding out who and what mattered, what works and what doesn’t for them.
“To me they were the perfect coaches for these kids especially as both said they wanted to give back to the sport for all it had given them” Jill Boltz
Due to the success of the program 18 participants have been invited to train with Pace Running for the remainder of the year, while others who wish to continue have been set a program to do from home with one another