David Smith, Giffnock North’s first Commonwealth Games athlete, led a high jump workshop last week for talented and competing jumpers at Hutchesons’ Grammar school.
David, this time with the assistance of Ken Allan his long term coach, guided athletes through his ‘winter circuits’ routines.
As a snapshot to the level of intensity that a professional athlete such as David trains at it will hopefully linger long in the minds of those athletes in attendance. For the coaches present it gave a clear indication as to the dedication required as coaches and the technical excellence required from athletes to achieve the kinds of standards that are needed to get near the pinnacle of sport.
David and Ken were both keen to stress that getting to that level was absolutely about “gradual improvement over many years”. They were honest about there being ups and downs over the years and indeed the fact that there are highs and lows in any given year. Forming good habits, establishing routines, the power of repetition and getting the basic functional movements correct were all impressed upon those in attendance.
We wish David every success as he strives for further improvement and that all important Olympic qualifying height of 2.29m.
Many thanks once again to David, Ken, the athletes and coaches in attendance and apologies to those who had to leave before we took the group photo.
Photo Credit: Simon Dear (well his camera, taken by Helen Nairne!)