25 JUN 2008 General News Paris, France

Paris meeting is training for future speed and to be environmentally sound - ÅF Golden League

SPRINT SPEED the focus of the 2008 Paris Conference - Asafa Powell powers to 9.85 in the 2006 Paris meeting (Getty Images)SPRINT SPEED the focus of the 2008 Paris Conference - Asafa Powell powers to 9.85 in the 2006 Paris meeting (Getty Images) © Copyright

As it has been the case for the past 3 years, the organisers of the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis - ÅF Golden League 2008 – on 18 July 2008 will play host to another technical conference.

The growing success of the event is encouraging Jean-Claude Perrin – host and organiser of the conference – to look at the best there is in the athletics world as regards coaches, techniques, new technologies, etc.

In this Olympic year where the 100m is king, the theme which stands out is speed

Like every year, this international meeting is offered to French and overseas coaches. In 2006 the women’s Pole Vault took pride of place, and in 2007 it was the 110m Hurdles.

This year the conference will cover the broader theme of speed and will be split into two sections:

- The first part will tackle the various physical, technical, biomechanical and physiological aspects of speed and the different factors linked to training

- The second part will deal with the use of speed in the activities themselves, in association notably with tennis, rugby and football federations

This conference is aimed at all athletics coaches as well as being open to any coach who is enthusiastic about his or her discipline and is constantly seeking further improvement or new techniques, from which their athletes might benefit.

Open to the press as well as keen observers, this conference is supported by the French Athletics Federation (FFA) via its National Technical Director Franck Chevallier. To host this conference Jean-Claude Perrin will be assisted by Gérard Lacroix, Philippe Leynier and Gilles Follereau.

For this year only the conference will benefit from the presence of some of the crowning glories of world athletics, who will be putting in guest appearances within the framework of the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the meeting.

Programme 18 July 2008
12:30 – 14:00 Reception - Buffet
14:00 – 15:30 The physical, technical, biomechanical and physiological aspects of speed
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30 Use of speed in the activities themselves
17:40 Start of the National Meeting

Information and reservations via Justine Nayrolles - justine.nayrolles@psdac.com

Sustainable development 

Sport today can no longer ignore the world which surrounds it and stay away from the effort put into preserving the environment, and as such over its ten year history the organisation of the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis has been committed with those in charge of the Stade de France Consortium, to environmentally responsible values and actions.

This year the meeting has produced a “sustainable development charter”, and is making an assessment of the event’s carbon footprint.

- In the transport domain, the tens of thousands of spectators expected in the Stade de France on Friday 18 July are being encouraged to use public transport.

- Particular effort will be made as regards saving paper and printing. The event programme, distributed free of charge at the start of the meeting to spectators, athletes and journalists, will see its format reduced by half, and  will be printed on recycled paper and will be printed on an environmentally friendly “Imprim’vert” printer.

Celebrating its 10th year at the Stade de France meeting this year, this approach has been ongoing for some time, and will continue to be enhanced next year, and further still over future editions.

Alix Pearson for the IAAF