Vol.64 Ms.Miki Kawanaka (track and field)

Today’s article is about Miki Kawanaka who belong to women track and field club.

We asked her Enthusiasm for the team and feelings for the team. 

I Want to Continue Track and Field to Clear up The Regret at High School

Ms.Kawanaka who often played outside and liked running when she was a child started doing track and field in earnest.

“Starting track and field in earnest is from when I was a junior high school student. When I was a 1st year student at junior high school, there was a great senior hurdler, and also, coach recommended me to do hurdles because I was tall. That is reasons why I started doing hurdles.”

“I had practiced hard in high school for national inter high school competition, but I unfortunately got 8th place at Kinki inter high school competition. As a result, I didn’t came close to entering national inter high school competition. I regretted that experience, I decided to play track and field in University. Finally, I selected to go to Ritsumeikan University.”

Do things in front of you one by one

 She belonged to the track and field club at university to dispel her regrets in high school, but there were times when she couldn't practice as much as she wanted and felt painful.

 She said, “There was a time when it was difficult to balance club activities and study in the winter of the second grade. I was able to run without injury before the COVID-19 epidemic, but I was able to practice due to the COVID-19 epidemic. I was weakened at a time when I wasn't there, and I was injured when I resumed training, and I had a hard time when the tasks of the university classes overlapped. There was a time when I couldn't eat because I thought, “I have to reduce my diet so that I don't gain weight.” Then he was injured again and fell into a negative chain. However, when she returned home at the end of the year, she was able to sort out her mind and switch her mind to “let's clear each and every thing in front of us.” rice field.”


The track and field club has many people who I can respect

Ms. Kawanaka overcame hardship, and she has a second years left until she graduates. The interviewer asked about what was good for her continuing sport in the track and field club.  

“I couldn’t run properly because of injury after I entered a university. Now, though I hold few records, I feel I can practice. Therefore, I haven’t felt it’s good to continue the track and field. But I’m often satisfied with belonging to Ritsumeikan women track and field club. While I watch some big competitions, I respect not only team’s abilities but also team spirit and attitude of tackling its work. There are many points that I respect in this club. I can practice in the team that has many respectable people, so I’m glad I joined Ritsumeikan track and field club.”

Show each member doing their best

She said “the track and field club are like my home for me, I see the face of member of track and field, I can feel relieved. We asked her about future goals.

“I haven't been able to get the best out of college yet, so I'd like to get on the wave of trying to do my best with all the 3rd year students. After the retirement of the 4th year member, we are the most senior years. so each one will be right. I hope my juniors can show that we are doing their best.”

We have high expectation of her who will get new record and keep moving forward.


If you want to watch the game of the track and field club, you can check the date of the game from below URL.

Interviewer: Humika saijyo(4th sport health and science)

Translated by Ryo Nakata (4th International Relations)

Toshiya Iwami (4th Policy Science)

Saho Hashimoto (4th Literature)

Chihiro Saegusa (4th Literature)