MEMBER THOUGHTSWORDS FROM OUR ATHLETES
I've been doing track with school since I was 12 and been doing club track for a little under a year. The Game Speed team has an an inclusive vibe of support and caring. Each practice challenges me in different ways which results in improvement. I run the 400m and 400m hurdles. Within this last season, I have improved my 400m by 4 seconds and that is all thanks to the coaching by Paul Richards. I love to compete and train as track is my passion and favorite sport. I am very dedicated to track and will compete in it for as long as I can.
Jadyn and Jasmine Heath:
I joined the Game Speed International team during the 2015-2016 season. My sister Jasmine and I met Coach Paul while practicing for school track and field, Coach Paul invited us to workout with his team and things have been great ever since. Coach Paul makes us work very hard but he also makes sure we have fun too. Our goal is to one day run for Canada and Coach Paul is doing everything possible to help us reach our full potential.
I have had a great season. I feel so much more fit and stronger and I couldn’t have done that with out an extra little push from the best coach I have ever had!
Although I didn’t always like workouts or races, I’ve learned more about endurance and being a teammate than in any other activity or sport
Thanks a bunch for such a great season, some ups, some downs, but all fun!
The end of high school education is marked with a multitude of emotions, such as excitement, fear of the future and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. However, before the end of year pranks and tearful goodbyes to long-time friends, High School Seniors are faced with important decisions that have great implications on their future. This is the process and decisions involved in applying to, gaining acceptance, and figuring out how to pay for Post-Secondary Education. This is possibly one of the greatest challenges any high school student will face as far as their future is concerned. There are always steps; and sometimes hidden steps to be followed, and in the case of a Canadian Student-Athlete such as myself, rules, regulations and requirements were to be met and followed.As an athlete of a sport that requires the majority of training and competition to be held outdoors, the Canadian weather is a limiting factor in exposing the true athletic ability of Track and Field athletes. As a result, I never pictured myself pursuing Track and Field beyond High School, let alone as a Collegiate Track and Field Athlete. Fortunately, in the summer of 2008, Coach Richards stumbled upon our track and field team as we practiced at a track a block away from his home. Not only did his accent raise a number of questions, but we also pummelled him with questions in response to his unfamiliar drills, exercises, RIGOROUS workouts and much more. However, once I finally gave him a chance I was shockingly surprised by the improvements I made in such a short amount of time. Our 4x100m relay won gold in 2008, silver in 2009 and bronze in 2010 at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA). In my individual events, I was running 3/10ths of a second faster in the 100m dash and 7/10ths of a second faster in the 200m dash by Grade 12. Needless to say, I was convinced that Coach Richards “knew what he was doing”. With such improvements, my confidence and perspective on collegiate track and field transformed and for the first time, I was interested in pursuing Collegiate Track and Field in the United States.Coach Richards took the time to explain and educate my hesitant parents on the opportunities my new found path opened for me. And after endless conversations between Coach Richards, my parents, as well as a few university coaches, I was awarded a track and field scholarship at Texas State University. My personal records continued to drop and I maintained my position as a Dean’s List student throughout my education. After two years of success at Texas State University, I transferred to the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where I continued competing in track and field --and although I was in another city, Coach Richards always ensured that I was comfortable, focused and competing to the best of my abilities. During my track and field career at the University of the Incarnate Word, I held and still currently hold the 100m dash and 4x100m record both set in 2014, while earning the 2013 Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week three times, the 2013 indoor and outdoor national qualifier in both the 60m dash and 100m dash. Coach Richards’ dedication and love for the sport is of unmeasurable quality. I was blessed with several opportunities and although my time as a track and field athlete has come to an end, Coach Richards will always be a constant reminder of where hard work and a little bit of belief can take you.I am a recent graduate of the Masters of Science in Forensic Science Program at Sam Houston State University and I am currently employed as a Laboratory Assistant in the Forensic Biology Division at the Houston Forensic Science Center. My future goal is to pursue a Medical Degree and become a Forensic Pathologist. Coach Richards’ support throughout my transition from a high school track and field athlete to a collegiate track and field athlete exceeds the bounds of the track. I hope to make him exceptionally proud as I continue my journey and perfect my craft in the field of Medical Examining, as he has been a significant help along the way.
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