Friday, February 28 saw 15 teachers attend the second Run Beyond Project Teacher Training Day, equipping them with the necessary skills to successfully implement the program in their own school settings.
The attendees were a mixture of teachers who had previously implemented the program, along with teachers from seven new schools. Riverstone High School, Gulgong High School, Plumpton High School, Engadine High School, Vincentia High School, Lightening Ridge High School and Denison College – Kelso High Campus were all represented for the first time and warmly welcomed to The Run Beyond Team!
Teachers enjoyed the day immensely and are all eagerly awaiting the opportunity to empower their students as they implement Run Beyond at their respective schools. “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to network with teaching colleagues” said Samantha Berridge of the Catholic Learning Community of St John XXIII at Stanhope. Sam said she is keen to begin her second year implementing the program and feels “very privileged to be a part of the run beyond family.”
Nambucca Heads teacher, Michelle Versluys added that the “day just confirmed for me what a life changing experience Run Beyond is giving to students. I loved hearing all the success stories and meeting the inspiring teachers who are going to implement the project in their schools this year.”
The Run Beyond Project uses running as a mechanism to develop capacities around goal-setting, commitment and resilience in students as they work towards the completion of a challenging but achievable Goal Race, typically between 10km and a half-marathon in length.
Teachers networked on the day and explored the possibility of numerous schools meeting and particular Goal Races, providing students with opportunities to meet their counterparts in other schools and to jointly celebrate the achievement of their goals.
Run Beyond founder David Criniti delivered the training, guiding teachers through both the theoretical and practical components of Run Beyond, with returning teachers providing valuable insights as to how the program’s potential has been realised in the variety of contexts that different schools present.
We were also fortunate to have a guest appearance from physio legend Pete Colagiuri, a long-time Run Beyond supporter, from Bioathletic, who engaged the teachers with an excellent overview of injury prevention and management strategies to maximise the students’ chances of success.
Stay tuned for accounts of these success stories throughout 2020 and beyond!
Founder and Director - The Run Beyond Project
David Crinti is a high school ESL teacher at Chester Hill High School and has had previous experience working at their Intensive English Centre and as part of the Refugee Transition Program which focuses on the effective
transitioning of refugee students into the high school environment.
David is a long standing member of the running having been involved with clubs such as the Sydney Striders, Sydney Marathon Clinic and The Australian Ultra Runners’ Association over the past 20 years. He is an experienced runner, having performed at an elite level over the past decade, with several marathon wins under his belt. Recently, David ran a Commonwealth Games qualifying time and personal best of 2:17:57 at the 2017 Berlin Marathon. He has a community coaching qualification and mentors a number of athletes.