I found Susan Flanagan’s article “Tely 10 isn’t child’s play” (July 17) a huge generalization towards the kids, preteens and young teenagers that were targeted in the article.
This article had many statements that had no basis, with no evidence in support of the argument.
I, personally, have completed a personal fitness course in my high school where we trained for a 10-kilometre road race throughout the entire year. I know the mental and physical preparation that is required to run a race.
Anyone is able to complete this training, whether it is a 10-year-old girl or a 40-year-old man; neither will succeed if they have not trained properly.
In the article, Art Meaney says, “You can’t race the pace if you don’t train the pace.”
That statement could apply to any individual, not just those under the age of 16.
Another quote that I found rather interesting was Kelly White’s, “Their bodies and minds aren’t ready for it.”
I, personally, would like to know what expertise she has.
Is she speaking from personal experience?
Is she a medical doctor?
A trainer, even?
If she is, it wasn’t stated properly in the article.
Anyone could make such a comment regarding any topic, yet if they do not have any knowledge in said topic, it has no validity.
My younger sister, Emily Gannon, ran the Tely 10 in 2010, when she was just nine years old.
She finished in 91 minutes, and then competed again the following year, finishing in 85 minutes.
She trained extensively and obviously she succeeded, proof that anyone who puts in the time and work can achieve a set goal.
This article could have avoided controversy by writing about the preparation and training, both mental and physical, required in order to complete the race, regardless of age, instead of stereotyping children and young teenagers with arguments that are not backed up by any proof.