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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.