31 January 2016
On the morning of 19th January, 23 swimmers from the Club’s Junior and State Development Squads arrived with their swim bag, sleeping bag and pillow ready for a jam packed 30 hours of fun, hard work and not so much sleeping.
Bags down and the swimmers were straight into the pool for their first 2 hour training session; little did they know that was only the first of many tough sessions over the next day and a half.
Teaching the Junior Squad how to train main sets, the State Development swimmers were very encouraging and helped the swimmers understand the concept of training hard.
After training the swimmers had a quick breakfast full of nutritious Nutri-Grain and settled down for their first session.
The swimmers were fortunate enough to listen to Coach Matt and four swimmers Georgie, Alice, Hamish and Jim talk about their swim camp to China. Here Matt spoke about resilience; no matter what pressure, stress or battle you are faced with, you should always meet the challenge and give it your best shot.
A couple of group bonding games and the swimmers needed some time to relax and rest before lunch and dryland activation. Here the swimmers received a new activation program and learnt about the location and roles of the major muscles in the body.
The swimmers also learnt about goal setting and how this is an important aspect of their journey – to have a goal in mind and chase it.
After sitting for a while it was time to get active and the swimmers got to experience a sweaty session of bike/box/skip to increase the heart rate (and make sure they were tired enough to sleep at night). A quick energy boost from a Zooper Dooper and the kids were back in the pool for their second pool session. After another tough sprint session the swimmers were showered and fed a typical swimmers recovery food – Lasagne! And of course salad!
After dinner the swimmers set up their beds, watched a movie and off to sleep, ready for another busy day at the pool.
Day two saw an early 6am start, food, dress, activation and pool for our last session in the water. It was during this session the Junior Swimmers were lucky enough to swim alongside the Chinese National Team who are visiting and training with us. It was important that the swimmers had some down time post session to start reflecting on the quality of their training, what they enjoyed and where they would have liked to improve before they were provided with a fantastic opportunity to listen to Jill talk about nutrition, recovery and food diaries and the importance of eating the right foods at the right times for growth and repair.
Bike/Box/Skip session number two ran nice and smooth as the swimmers now understood how the session worked, and the bikes were definitely a hit! Pack up and back up to Aqualink entrance, the tired swimmers were well and truly ready for a rest and a sleep in their own bed!
A special thank you to Josh and Claire for assisting with the camp, Lauren and Maria for cooking food and all the special guests who helped the swimmers understand a bit more about what is involved in training, preparing and achieving goals.
Coaches May and Sarah