Kajaks introduce SpeedLab

By Don Fennell

Published 4:38 PST, Tue February 5, 2019

Last Updated: 2:12 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

With an increasing need for speed in sport, the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club is introducing a program to help athletes pick up the pace.

Recognizing that track and field has produced the fastest athletes in the world, largely because of an expertise by that sport’s coaches in human movement, SpeedLab aims to give athletes in other sports the tools they need to improve their speed in their respective field of play.

“Athletes who take part in this program will be instructed in proper running mechanics and training tools, designing to both improve their speed on their field of play and help prevent injuries brought on by improper running techniques,” says Kajaks’ executive member Karen Fisher Hagel.

“We look forward to helping more athletes achieve their potential.”

Geared specifically toward girls and boys aged 11 to 15, the SpeedLab is scheduled to be held every Tuesday through mid-June. The inaugural session was to begin today (Feb. 5) and continue through March 12 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The second session is slated for April 2 to May 7 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Clement Track in Minoru Park, with the third session May 14 to June 18; also from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Clement Track.

The cost for each session (six workouts) is $150.

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