Coaching the Blue Thunder Track Club was the perfect opportunity for Abbegail Robinson. Robinson, a student at Columbia College, was looking forward to getting more involved in Columbia, and as a runner herself, she was excited at the idea of helping kids achieve their cross country goals.
Running courses started with long runs, but turned more into hill work and speed work as the season went on. Robinson primarily ran with children, ages 8 to 10, never missing a run. “The most impactful thing was seeing the kids achieve their goals and see them improve each week,” Robinson said.
Not only could Robinson be found at the practices, but she also attended the meets both in and out of Columbia, driving to Fayette, Jefferson City and Fulton. “This is something that we have not required of volunteers in the past, but she had a strong interest in being available for everything,” Community Recreation Supervisor, Camren Cross said.
Robinson said when she does something, she wants to commit to it. “I wanted everyone to know that I was there to encourage them,” she said. She looks forward to the upcoming track season that starts in April, as she plans to volunteer again.
Written by volunteer Laura Davis