Hawks shun sun for NZ wilder­ness

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

HAWTHORN will to­mor­row em­bark on a gru­elling trip across the ditch that fit­ness boss An­drew Russell hopes will test the Hawks both men­tally and phys­i­cally.

The club has aban­doned its usual pre-sea­son train­ing on the Sun­shine Coast in favour of a New Zealand South Is­land jaunt that will see play­ers train be­fore head­ing to the bush to be pushed to their lim­its.

“We’re com­bin­ing our high­per­for­mance train­ing camp with a good old fash­ioned ‘get out in the bush and do some hard work’,” Russell said.

“We’ll have five days in Queenstown ... for a heavyskills, heavy-run pro­gram. Then, we’re go­ing to go out into the Ran­gi­tata River re­gion (be­tween Queenstown and Christchurch) and walk some moun­tains, ride bikes, go down rapids, do high-ropes cour­ses and have some qual­ity time to­gether but work hard.”

Russell fore­cast ex­ten­sive pe­ri­ods of pres­sure to draw the group – new play­ers and staff in­cluded – closer.

“We’ll spend 10 to 12 hours a day out in the moun­tains in a fa­tigued state, un­der stress,” he said.

“There’s no bet­ter way to learn about peo­ple than how they re­spond to a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion.”

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