18th March 2017 – GB Transplant Sport Training Day

Athletics

2017 seems to be galloping along at an alarming speed, and I was hoping to bring along some of that speed to the first GB Transplant Sport training day of 2017! This session was the second of three training days in the run up to the 2017 Malaga World Transplant Games, and as I was still recovering from my ulcerative colitis flare at the first session (which took place in September 2016), I was determined to make up for it and get stuck in at this session.

The training days start with information about the Games including any up to date information team management have about accommodation, event venues and activities.

Following the information there’s the opportunity to go over to the information ‘hub’, where GB members can receive further information on kit, physiotherapy, medical care and the all important sign in. Team members have to attend at least 2 of the three meetings to show they are in good physical shape and have all the information they need to get to Malaga and compete in one piece.

After this is the training, and the athletes make their way over to the University’s athletics track, and home of Coventry Godiva Harriers. GB Transplant multi-sport coach and youth worker Daley Cross led a group warm up before we split into our respective training groups.

After a great sprint training session, I helped the men prepare for the 4 x 100m relay by putting them through some relay drills. They have plans to win gold after being beaten by the Hungarian team last year, and hopefully with perfect baton changes they will be victorious again.