With great support from High Performance Sport NZ’s Biomechanist, Jodi Cossor, we were able to put together a robust two day training camp at the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatics Centre in Auckland on the 16th and 17th of March 2019.
The focus of the camp and our overall regional direction is ‘bridging the gap; that is the technical gap between NZ and the top performing nations in the world.
22 of our region’s top swimmers attended the camp and contributed to a refreshing and open discussion around where NZ currently sits in terms of World Swimming and how we can ‘bridge the gap’.
Gaining access to Jodi for the weekend was an opportunity we took with both hands and we are grateful for her time. Our aim was to maximise the time we had with Jodi, collecting as much data as possible to be sent back to the swimmers’ home programmes.
The swimmers were also privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside Olympian Gregor Tait, who travelled over from the Gold Coast to support the camp. Gregor’s successful international experience was a great asset for the camp, providing the swimmers with plenty of useful feedback, support and vision.
The camp was also an opportunity to welcome our Regional Strength and Conditioning Coach, Barrie Jennings, into the Hub Programme. Barrie has had a hugely successful international coaching career and has already had significant input into many of our club programs. It was a pleasure having Barrie working with the TAPS Squad over the weekend, looking at swimmer athleticism on land / water and providing some great feedback for swimmers and coaches.
We pride ourselves on putting together the very best in swimmer and coach education and this weekend, we definitely hit the nail on the head.