Six area middle-schoolers have learned their own strength literally and figuratively as they participated in a strength and speed camp last month at the Marshdale fields.
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The six boys participate in club sports during the school year, so the camp was designed to help keep them active and motivated during the summer months, according to Ian Smith, a rugby coach who is opening a performance facility in Evergreen. After warming up, participants lifted weights, ran sprints and participated in other athletic activities. On the last day, Smith measured their progress.
Logan Sargent, 11, who attends West Jefferson Middle School, said he wanted to participate because he likes Coach Ian, who coaches his rugby team. Logan also plays football.
His brother, Cole Sargent, 10, a West Jefferson Elementary student, said the camp looked fun.
Joe Giduck, 13, who plays rugby, explained that he liked running, and Smith makes the camp fun, while Matthew Roberts, 12, an Evergreen Middle School student, said he hoped the camp would help him become a better lacrosse player.
For Smith, the three-week camp is a way to get middle-schoolers up and moving. The 2014 Conifer high School graduate explained that there seemed to be a lot of camps for other age groups.
“Speed and strength are both skills,” Smith said. “I want to teach them the correct technique and to teach them the basics of running and strength training. That is why this camp had a little bit of everything.”
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