ELITE GIRLS TRAINING CAMP
Lisa delivered her first elite training camp just for girls in Brisbane in May.
Lisa described the camp as a huge success “the girls got a lot out of the 3 days. The highlights were a Q&A session with Liz Irving as well as learning new things, for them to incorporate into their daily training back home”.
The six girls received expert advice from some of Australia’s finest coaches: Lisa Camilleri (two times Commonwealth Games representative), Vicki Cardwell (former World Champion) and elite coach Liz Irving (former World#2).
The camp was jam packed with on court training, strength and conditioning with Chad Rogers, one on one technical sessions with Vick Cardwell and Lisa Camilleri, circuit training with Marcus Donnelly and learning the importance of recovery in the cold pool.
Story by Squashmedia.com.au http://www.squashmedia.com.au/products/140/10QSN17-06.pdf
NEW ROLE FOR CAMILLERI
Lisa Camilleri has just been appointed to the position of Q Squash Sporting Schools Development Coordinator.
Lisa explained how she will be approaching her new role “I will be focusing on creating a new Q Squash Sporting Schools Program that each region/club and school will be using”.
“I feel the Oz Squash program is not squash specific enough. I've run three Oz Squash sporting schools programs in the past year and by the end of the term the children still don't full understand what squash is all about”.
“The first development phase I have been assigned to will focus on Southern Region with the second phase being Central Region”.
“But in saying that if anyone from any other region is interested please contact me ASAP as I would like to work with them to get the program up and running”.
During these competitive years you encounter a lot of your family, friends and outsiders saying, “you don’t have an education, and you wont have anything to fall back on once your squash career is over”. Well I can say that this is so far from the truth.
If your open-minded I believe your sporting career is the best apprenticeship you can experience. You learn life skills, you meet and see so many different cultures and people around the world. You also learn how to fend for yourself, you learn resilience, you learn how to be organised and you learn how to set goals.
For me I have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. The thought of working for myself and running my own company is the ultimate!
During 2015 I worked for Squash Australia as the High Performance Administrator/Go to person. And in this role one of my tasks was to source green and gold uniforms for the Women’s World Team Championships. I quickly learnt that finding good quality, comfortable, stylish outfits in team colours was not easy. There was not a lot of variety and not a lot of stylish outfits out there to choose from. This is where I discovered there was a niche market and from there ‘Backyard Birdies’ was created.
Backyard Birdies is owned and run by myself and my partner Marcus. I’ve had many people ask me where did the name "Backyard Birdies" come from?! Well, Marcus and I love the outdoors. With our love of the outdoors, nature, and a connection with people and wild life we have several little visitors that visit our backyard every day to hang out. We have a family of Magpies - Manny, Mumma and Baby, 3 butcher birds - Pepe, Kooee, P.J. and Trevor the Kookaburra.
This is how the name "Backyard Birdies" was started.
I will always be grateful to squash for the life skills it has given me, and I hope in some small way, Backyard Birdies encourages other athletes to take risks, to try new things, to redefine…and to not let anyone persuade you from your dreams.
Story written by - rosssolly
JUNIORS PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES AT AIS CAMP
Some of our brightest future squash stars have just returned from an intensive training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, better equipped to take on the career challenges that lay ahead.
The National Talent Squad Camp was managed by Squash Australia’s acting Performance Pathway Manager, Lisa Camilleri, and featured 20 top Australian juniors.
“It was a full-on week, with so many elements jam-packed into our days,” Camilleri said.
“Each day started at 730am and finished at 8pm, with the schedule enabling the athletes to utilise the AIS professional services as much as possible.The
“For example, on day one the squad had a two-hour recovery lecture, with the first hour talking about what recovery was all about, why it was important and why you need to include it in your training schedules.
“The second hour saw the athletes trial the hydrotherapy recovery plunge pools, the river pool and the hot jets.”
The athletes also sat in on presentations on nutrition and psychology, with a focus on goal setting and task focus.
There were a lot of practical exercises as well, including the yoyo test for endurance, an agility test, a skipping test, court sprint test and a range of technical target testing on court.
Some of the athletes, including the six juniors in line for selection for the next world men’s junior team, underwent skin folds and measurement tests, as well as strength and conditioning tests.
The 20 athletes who took part were;
Ryan Marshall, Sam Haydon, Solayman Nowrozi, Jon VanderKreek, Alex Oswald, Maaz Khatri, Lachlan Coxsedge, Jacob Ford, William Curtis, Nicholas Calvert, Tiana Saxby, Shehana Vithana, Jordan Russell, Lauren Aspinall, Georgia Moore, Jessica Graham, Jade Woods, Grace Pattison, Alex Haydon and Kiara Rogers.
Coaches Tim Cowell and Vicki Cardwell also attended the camp, which was described as a great success and highly beneficial by all participants.
The Mackay Leisure Centre held a very successful 3 day Junior Squash camp from 11th - 13th of january.
The annual NR Junior Elite Camp will now be known as the "Rising Stars Camp". This year the Rising Stars had 23 participants attend the 3 day training/coaching camp.
The annual event is organised by Kay Barclay and has been running for many years. This year's guest coach was Lisa Camilleri.
Bike-Grinder One: - 28 mins
If you can't use your legs or your wanting more of an upper body workout then use a grinder. Or maybe mix it up and one week do the session on the bike and the other session do it on a grinder. If you haven't ever used a grinder before then your in for a treat! Enjoy :)
(RPM 105 + during your sprints)
Story written by 50 sports in 50 weeks
If you’re seeking a sport that that combines speed, skill, stamina and mental focus then look no further than squash, a game that remains hugely popular across Europe, is taking the United States by storm and is re-gaining momentum in traditional regions like Australia. When it comes to keeping fit and healthy, Squash ticks many boxes, plus it’s reasonably affordable to play, is non-contact with a minimal risk of getting hurt making it a safe place for kids to start and there is a social scene around Squash clubs that many other sports would envy.
If ever there was a barrier to entry it’s that little black ball that is hard to hit and when you do it travels very fast, so a beginner might struggle to hit the ball often enough to get the hang of the game. Well the clever folks at Squash have solved that with the recent introduction to a larger, softer and more bouncy ball that is not used to help new players of all ages to get into the game and have a good rally. The new ball which about 10% larger than the original and good deal softer, is also proving a hit with senior aged players, allowing them to enjoy the game more.
To try the game out for ourselves, the 50 Sports in 50 weeks mission celebrated Squash Week in Brisbane to coincide with two major events on the sport’s calendar, the Queensland Squash Open and the Caboolture Open. Both events featured two highly ranked players, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Rachael Grinham and her World Champion team mate Lisa Camilleri. Both girls are very busy on the World Professional Squash Tour but Lisa kindly took some time out to meet with us and take us through the basic skills of the game. We caught up at her home courts at the Stafford Squash Club in Brisbane and there we learned to serve, lob and boast our shots and very quickly we were all having fin and raising a sweat. While there a film crew from Channel 9 dropped in and we did a live cross to the Today Show. If you haven’t seen that check out the link here: http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/today/today-takeaway/2014/november/50-sports-in-50-weeks/
Inspired by Lisa we lined up for a second training run later that week, this time at the Labrador Squash Club nearer to our home. There we met with the club’s very passionate and experienced owner Terry and one of his top coaches Scott. We were also joined by our good friend and state MP Verity Barton so it was a lot of fun and we all very quickly improved our skills under Scott’s watchful eye. Ben had a game with a young local rising star Luke and while the lack of experience meant he was never in the lead there was no questioning his enthusiasm for his newest game.
Lisa went on to win Silver at the both the Queensland and Caboolture Opens with impressive showings and we left with a renewed respect and love for Squash. It is a game that kids and their grown-ups could participate in regularly to keep fit, healthy and happy and with a range of social and league competitions to choose from there is plenty to keep everyone interested and give them something to train for.
A big thank you to Trevor Smith, National Development Manager at Squash Australia for helping put it all together and to the Stafford Squash Centre and Labrador Squash Club for hosting our training events.
No other perfect way to start the day. It's summer time and we've got a heap of mangoes available. I was at a very good friends place on Saturday afternoon and Marcus was up the tree picking mangoes.
So here's a wonderful healthy breakfast idea to kick off the day.
1 small or half of a large mango frozen. (I chopped our mangoes up that were on the very ripe side and stuck them in the freezer for smoothies)
1/2 frozen banana
200mls almond milk
1 tsp of vanilla essence
25g of vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup of ice cubes
Stick all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and thick.
Delicious, refreshing and filling. ENJOY!!
The new January 2015 edition of the Redbacks Newsletter is out and I am on the front cover. So excited and overwhelmed for being on the front cover of such a well put together Newsletter.
If you haven't heard or read the Redbacks Newsletter then you've been missing out. To stay informed and up to date on whats happening in the squash world in Northern QLD go to : http://www.northernregionsquash.net
If your a club in North QLD and would also like to share whats happening at your club then contact them on their website or contact Kim Schramm who is the publisher of the Newsletter.
I am currently back in Brisbane and enjoying some R&R. Its the start of my off season and the body is so grateful to be putting the feet up for a little bit.
I had a great time in Melbourne during the Australian Closed Championships. I was happy with the way I played but unfortunately my hip had gotten pretty sore. I have been battling with bursitis to my right hip for the past month and all the tough competition during the Women's World Teams in Canada had put a lot of strain on it. I played smart squash to get myself to the final, the body was struggling but I feel my squash has improved out of sight after all the tough matches I played in Canada.
I will get back into the gym next week with re-hab exercises, light cardio, yoga and loads stretching and pool work.
I'd like to say a huge thank you to all of my sponsors Harrow Sports, Ashaway String, Stafford Squash, Physical Addiction, Squash Australia and the Sports Commission for their fantastic ongoing support.
I'd also like to give a huge shout out to all of my supporters, friends and squash fans who helped me out this year financially through donations to my campaign. Every little bit of support, encouragement and guidance I receive goes a long way inspiring me to keep following my dreams.
Merry Christmas to you and promise me you'll all stay safe x