寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

Students from Fukushima Prefectural School for the Deaf compete in a national athletic meet with new uniforms (November 27, 2013)

Save the Children Japan started the “Sports and Culture Support Project for Local Children” in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in September 2011. It is part of the educational support we are providing to children in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake with the assistance of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. This project is intended to support the sporting and cultural activities of children who are not able to take part in regular activities due to the ongoing effects of the disaster. We provide assistance with an activity fund of up to 300,000 yen per organization for activity costs, purchasing expenses and expedition fees.

The public appeal for this support was made for the first time in Fukushima Prefecture in August 2013. The track and field club of the Fukushima Prefectural School for the Deaf, one of the selected organizations, competed in a national athletic meet, which we will tell you about below.

 

■ Daily practice bears fruit: Winning prizes at a national athletic meet and recording personal bests

The first day of the “50th Anniversary National School for the Deaf Track and Field Tokyo Athletic Meet” was held in Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground in Tokyo on Friday, November 8, 2013. At this athletic meet, seven members of the track and field club from Fukushima Prefectural School for the Deaf completed in seven events: 100m, 400m, triple jump, running high jump, javelin, shot put and 4×100m relay.

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Hashimoto runs hard in the 400m                                Bright blue uniforms

(Second from the left)

 

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 Shiota was the only female athlete to             Kanno competed in the javelin

compete in the shot put                                 while taking part in other club activities

 

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 Takumi Watanabe tried his hardest and          Yuki Watanabe produced a wonderful record

made it to the semi-finals of the 100m as       of 10.96m in the triple jump to win

well as competing in the triple jump              a prize at the national athletic meet

 

■ From uniforms that had been used for 20 years to new uniforms

The students wore bright blue uniforms. In fact, this was the first athletic meet for the new uniforms to be unveiled. The track and field club of Fukushima Prefectural School for the Deaf had previously been wearing uniforms that were 20 years old. This was because there was little direct support involving club activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear power plant accident, so there were no extra resources to make new uniforms.

 

“I hope the children who have won to compete in the national athletic meet at least put on their new uniforms and try their hardest even under the circumstances where they cannot train as they would like because of the disaster. Moreover, I want them to show everyone that they are in good spirits.”

 

There was a public appeal from the coach of the track and field club who wished to change their situation, and that appeal led to this assistance.

 

Takumi Watanabe, who served as the club captain, told us the following. “I really like the new uniforms because they are cool. I was really happy to be able to participate in this athletic meet while wearing this uniform. I am a third grade student, so this will be my last national athletic meet, but I hope all those in the lower grades also have strong feelings and try their hardest.”

 

Yuki Watanabe, who won a prize in the triple jump, had this to say. “I was really happy to be able to win a prize in my final athletic meet. Although I was not able to go to the final in the first grade, I did in the second and third grade. The triple jump is very difficult at first, but the coach gave me guidance many times, so I was able to reach the level to win this prize.”

 

Wearing the new uniforms, the members of the club were able to win prizes in two events: 7th in the triple jump and 6th in the 4×100m. The principal of the school said the following after the event, “With the great backing of the students and the support of Save the Children Japan in attaining their uniforms, the great efforts of the children bore fruit. The results were better than last year.”

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Save the Children Japan and Wal-Mart Inc. would like to continue offering support. We hope it is possible for the children to carry out lively activities and return to everyday life through sports and cultural activities that have suffered in the aftermath of the earthquake. It is hoped that this will contribute towards to the revitalization of the community.