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George Fox University track athlete Matney Jamieson will instruct first track camp July 9-12

BY JACKS WHITEHURST

Newberg Graphic Intern

Registration is now open for Chehalem Park and Recreation District's sports camps coming in July and August. The camps are designed for young local athletes ranging from grades K-12 and will offer a wide range of sports including shotput and discus, flag football, tennis, soccer and running.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Registration is now open for Chehalem Park and Recreation District's sports camps coming in July and August.

George Fox University track athlete Matney Jamieson will lead the first camp from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. July 9-12 at Newberg High School. This camp will feature shotput/discus training for boys and girls in grades fifth through eighth. The participation fee for this camp is $89.

Jamieson first started coaching younger players earlier in the year. About twice a week she would work with a few middle school track athletes after she made connections with their parents through her head coach.

"The mother of one of my athletes was friends with Julie Peterson, who is the special services supervisor at CPRD," Jamieson said in an email interview. "She told Julie about how I was helping her daughter and that I was looking for a summer internship. Julie and I got in touch and she asked me if I'd like to put together this track camp.

"I grew up going to a lot of basketball camps during the summer, so I'm very used to that kind of atmosphere. These camps were where I learned all my skills and techniques as an athlete."

Jamieson said she is excited to share her knowledge of track and field with the Newberg community.

"Especially with field events that are very technique-based like the discus, it's important that kids start developing the right habits early on … as they get older and stronger they will have the foundation they need to become really successful," she said.

As for the other camps, they are listed in chronological order:

-Flag Football from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 9-12 at the Newberg High School field. This camp is designed for ages K-2 and for those interested in learning how to catch and throw a football. Coach CJ Peterson will be leading. The cost is $74 in district or $84 out-of-district.

-Youth Tennis Camp from 9 to 10:45 a.m. for ages 11 and under, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 12-18 on July 10-13 and Aug. 7-10 at the Jaquith Park tennis courts. Strokes, scoring and game situations will be covered in this camp led by Dave Brown. Coast is $65 in-district or $75 out-of-district.

-Pee Wee Sports Camp from 10 a.m. to noon July 16-19 at the Jaquith Park tennis courts. Participants ages 5-9 can enjoy samplings of soccer, football, hockey and tennis and will receive a t-shirt. Dave and Judy Brown will coach this camp. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack. The cost is $65 in-district or $75 out-of-district.

- Soccer Camp from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6-9 at the Newberg High School soccer field. Boys and girls in grades K-8 are invited to learn soccer skills and sportsmanship. Attendees are asked to bring a soccer ball, water bottle and shin guards. Cost for this camp, run by Jon Halstead, is $70 in-district or $80 out-of-district.

Register for the camps online at www.cprdnewberg.org/general/page/youth-sports-camps. For more information, call Julie Petersen at 503-519-7364.

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