Sirens ASC pushed to the limit in Si­cily

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Caro­line Fur­minger

A fo­cused pre-sea­son train­ing sched­ule cul­mi­nated in a tough train­ing camp for Sirens ASC swim­mers ear­lier this month. Thirty five ath­letes from all squads trav­elled to Torre del Grifo sports camp near Catania for a week's Olympic-level, in­ten­sive train­ing in the water and on land.

The week was led by the South African Olympic coach, Grant Kritzinger, fresh from Rio and coach to world cham­pion Cameron van den Burgh, among oth­ers. Kritzinger was sup­ported by nine other coach­ing staff and of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Sirens ASC head coach, Craig Gib­bons and Malta's Olympic swim­mer, Nikki Mus­cat.

To­gether, this elite group de­signed the seven day camp to pro­vide swim­mers with the knowl­edge, back­ground, tech­nique, peer sup­port and at­ti­tude that is needed to get to the next level.

The newly built sports vil­lage near Catania fea­tured two pools and two gyms and ex­cel­lent use was made of all fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing the week. Whether it was two hour's train­ing in the pool, dry land gym and stretch­ing, in­di­vid­ual video swim ses­sions, a sem­i­nar, work­shops de­voted to men­tal prepa­ra­tion, or the daily re­cap and dis­cus­sion, the Sirens squad was on the move for seven hours ev­ery day.

Com­ment­ing on the struc­ture of the week, Craig Gib­bons said, “We've done well in pre-sea­son train­ing this year, but this train­ing camp was all about push­ing to the max. The ses­sions fo­cused on tech­ni­cal as­pects and broke down strokes to be able to re­build the per­fect tech­nique. Each swim­mer was pushed out of his or her com­fort zone - in the gym, water, or both.” He added: “Un­doubt­edly, it was one of the tough­est weeks of their swim­ming ca­reers, but ex­cit­ing to see where their cur­rent lim­its are. Build­ing on these achieve­ments, Sirens is look­ing at a bright future.”

35 ath­letes from all squads of Sirens trav­elled to Torre del Grifo

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