During the October School holidays, 9 athletes recently selected into the Triathlon NSW's Emerging Talent Squad completed a six-day pre-season training camp in Mudgee, NSW.
Triathlon NSW Coach Education and Pathway Manager Mick Delamotte described the camps as a huge success. Given the late specialisation nature of the sport of Triathlon, these athletes are in the very early stages of their development. The camp provides an opportunity to develop triathlon specific skills that other race style environments are unable to.
Training sessions provided opportunities to develop skills with draft legal racing, running efficiency, body maintenance and stability. All essential elements in their development towards becoming future stars of the sport on the world stage.
But also, the camp focussed on providing the tools for the athlete to manage themselves outside of training sessions so they develop the complete independence so they can cope with life on the road as a professional triathlete.
The town of Mudgee was once again chosen given it provides a safe and easy camp structure. The roads are wide, traffic is low and cycling is therefore safer, which is the number one consideration for any development camp. The accommodation allowed for athletes to cook each day, the local shops are close by and provide a variety of supermarkets and produce choices for athletes.
Triathlon NSW has a strong relationship with the locals who provide amazing support. A few of the local Mudgee Devils joined for the skills sessions and the local coaches immersed themselves into the daily training environment, helping with logistics, suggesting venues to best meet session objectives, and conducting sessions as well.
Triathlon NSW looks forward to returning again in 2019 and beyond!
From here, the next stage in the program is the TNSW Sprint Series weekend, held in Orange, NSW.
This has 'something for everyone' and to find out more information, click here.
The local newspaper provided us a write up as well - click here.