Peninsula Track and Field Club offers members the chance to experience
track events from 60m to 5000m
sprint and distance hurdles
high jump, long jump and triple jump
shotput, discus, javelin, hammer and weight throw
The Club makes use of the track facilities at the Blue Heron Track (by Parkland School) where the club has three large storage bins of equipment. Some of the Cross-country work is done at the Saanichton Fairgrounds and Centennial Park.
For new members, the emphasis is on learning the basic skills and trying as many different events as possible, having fun and meeting others with similar tastes. More experienced members concentrate on improving their skills to the point where they can compete provincially or even nationally.
In 2015 the membership consisted of 14Track Rascals (6-8), 28 Junior Development Athletes (JD = 9-13), 2 Midget (14-15),2 Youth (16-17) and 12 Masters ( Mast = 35+) athletes. Athletes, Coaches and Officials from Peninsula Track take part in the Vancouver Island Series, the BC. Provincial Championships, the BC Senior Games and the BC Summer Games
One member of the club, Tom Dingle, is statistician for the Junior Development committee of BC Athletics.
A second member, Dan Daniels, is a member of the IAAF Masters committee.
What We Do
Several centers on Vancouver Island have active Track and Field Clubs. The clubs have created a Track and Field series (several meets - April to June). The meets are hosted by the various clubs and provide the competitors on the Island with a chance to compete against others in a friendly, but competitive manner. All this is coordinated by the Vancouver Island Athletics Association (VIAA)
The athletes can then try competing at meets in other parts of the province culminating in the provincial championship meets in cross-country, track and field and multi-events. Athletes who do well at this level may then be chosen to compete at the national or even the international level.
In 2001 the club initiated a program for 6 to 8 year olds called the Track Rascals program. The purpose of this program is to introduce younger persons to the sport of athletics in a friendly and non-competitive manner. The emphasis is on having fun and developing physically but at the same time the participants are shown some of the basic aspects of track and field.
Unfortunately the track at Parkland School was built in 1986 and is no longer suitable for holding competitions although the club still does practices there.
Parent volunteers officiate at the long jump at all the Island Series meets and may do other officiating duties as well.