Large contingent to participate in AIS Elite Training Camp
Dear Judo Community
This weekend more than 80 of our members will travel to AIS in Canberra to take part in the AIS Elite Training Camp. The group includes athletes across cadet, junior and senior ranks who will be supported by a team of national coaches, NTID coordinators and the Sports Science Committee. Representatives from the National Selection Committee and the Board will also attend for meetings and to observe the athletes in action.
We will also welcome our New Zealand friends, including 13 athletes and their support staff NZL Coach Kiki Velloza and High Performance Director/2000 Olympian Tim Slyfield.
The general purpose of the camp is to prepare Athletes for the 2015 Cadet, Junior and Senior World Championships. The program will challenge all athletes, but will provide specific opportunities to:
1. Focus on technical instruction and application to competition strategy.
2. Educate around strength and conditioning programs essential for developing and elite athletes.
3. Have developing athletes engage with more experienced athletes.
As part of the camp activities we will also be introducing our new Code of Conduct, and be spending sometime explaining the AWE Categorization and Individual Performance Planning processes. These are all important components of our High Performance mandate moving forward.
A number of National Coaches and our Sports Science Committee will also participate in an NSO Health Check session with AIS Experts on athlete development. This is an important step in us being able to build sustainable athlete pathways from beginner to elite levels.
On a final note, we are delighted to have a visiting French Judoka/Coach and BJJ Champion, Sebastien Marty, attend the camp to provide his experience, knowledge and technical direction. Sebastien is also a World Champion Ne-was a judoka, and as Neil Adams (respected World and Olympic Medallist) noted in a recent blog; there is increasing opportunities for ne-waza execution in current international competitions. We welcome Seb to Australia and look forwarding to him helping us build upon our technical foundations.