Track and field events make up a large portion of any school’s athletic curriculum and the competition to stand atop the victory podium can be fierce. To own the track, kids need the right discipline, focus, determination, not to mention intense practice. But more than all this, it takes the will to succeed, and that makes all the difference between the first and the second to tear past the finish line.
Running has never been more popular than today – and for good reason. No matter the distance, setting, style, or age – running is always an enjoyable and inclusive sport. Today a much younger crowd is seen at the starting lines of local running events. Amisha Ann Puri, a 12-year-old runner, rugby player and Sun & Sand Sports ambassador, knows the joys of running.
Starting out at the age of three, Amisha has enjoyed it ever since, because running and hurdling keep her healthy, fit and ignite her passion. Awarded netball player of the year and rugby player of the season, this Indian-English athlete strikes a balance between sports and school through discipline.
We stole a few moments from Amisha’s schedule to speak to her about her passion.
What’s your training schedule like during school days?
My training schedule will be running every morning, because it’s cooler. And I usually do long distances with my dog – I run around the block with her. I usually train at school three days a week. On the weekend, I do a lot of running because it’s not interfering with my homework or my friends or other activities.
What has playing sports taught you?
I’ve learned to never give up and always chase your dreams. I’ve made a lot of friends through sports because they share the same passion that I do, and it’s also good to have a team player that’s one of your best friends.
What are your other running plans?
To go to America and other countries and do a lot of running!
What advice can you give other kids who want to get into running and sports?
It makes me feel very proud to be a Sun & Sand Sports ambassador because I can show younger people the technique on how to do hurdles and running. I suggest get your homework done first, or any activity you have to do first. For your running, never give up and you have to get the balance correct between your speed and weight.
To go the distance like Amisha does takes sheer passion. Supporting this dream to be the first at the end of the track is the Nike Kids’ Lunar Converge Shoe. Designed to keep little champs swift on their feet, the Lunar Converge cushions the foot, keeping it comfortable as you burn up the track from start to finish.
If the Nike Kids’ Lunar Converge Shoe has to see you through to victory, it needs to be supportive and comfortable. Keeping this in mind, the shoe is designed with an open-hole mesh upper that delivers unparalleled breathability with every stride. This minimal upper with no-sew overlays offers seam-free comfort that reduces irritation caused due to chafing. Its padded tongue and collar protect against impact, while a removable foam insole and a breathable fabric lining creates a plush feel.
A dual density foam midsole cushions the foot as you pound the track in your sprints, and strategically placed rubber segments in the heel provide long-lasting durability and traction. Specially engineered pods in the outsole’s forefoot enable exceptional flexibility and smooth transitions from heel strike to toe-off. Moulded indentations in the outsole enhance flexibility, keeping you nimble on your run.
Complete the little champs’ track kits with our picks of running gear for kids.
During intense sprints or long races, the Nike Breathe City Big Kids’ Running T-Shirt helps keep you cool, comfortable and moving freely. Featuring the Nike Breathe fabric, take advantage of looking, feeling and performing your best during your run thanks to unparalleled airflow and sweat-wicking Dri-FIT Technology.
Get all the support you need when training with the Nike Pro Kids’ Classic Sports Bra. Providing medium support, it has a snug compression fit with stabilising tension straps to help minimise bounce. The low racer-back straps allow for unrestricted movement and a full range of motion.
Its compression fit and breathable design make the Nike Power Big Kids’ ¾ Running Tights comfortable and supportive even on the longest of runs. Equipped with Dri-FIT technology, the mesh panels help you stay cool from the first lap to the last. The back zip pocket helps keep small items secure and close to your body as you move.
Kit tiny champs up for training in the Nike Kids’ HD Impossibly Light Jacket. It features an ultralight durable ripstop fabric that protects you against wind and rain. An adjustable multi-panel hood enhances coverage while raglan sleeves enable a natural range of motion. An extended hem provides added coverage as reflective details deliver low light visibility.
This academic year, own the track to own the school. Find your fastest self on the track like Amisha does by lacing up the Nike Kids’ Lunar Converge Shoe. Check out all the latest Nike products to help you focus of your practice, and kit up for the heats with our running products at Sun & Sand Sports that will ensure you stay ahead of the rest. On your marks, get set, go!