Sirens ASC pushed to the limit in Sicily
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