New sports cen­tre all go

Ath­letes’ needs cov­ered

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By AIMEE WIL­SON

Wanaka has moved into the big league with the of­fi­cial open­ing of a high per­for­mance train­ing cen­tre for toplevel ath­letes. The world-class fa­cil­ity is one of just a few Gov­ern­ment­funded cen­tres set up around the coun­try fo­cus­ing on spe­cialised train­ing and re­cov­ery sup­port. An ini­tia­tive be­tween High Per­for­mance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) and Snow Sports New Zealand, the cen­tre has a strength and con­di­tion­ing gym as well as med­i­cal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion rooms. In par­tic­u­lar it pro­vides win­ter sports ath­letes with a base to train off the moun­tain, in­clud­ing an out­door tram­pol- ine for them to prac­tise their tricks. Other spe­cialised equip­ment in­cludes ‘‘force plates’’ for mea­sur­ing power and ac­cel­er­a­tion. Sports psy­chol­o­gists, phys­io­ther­a­pists, per­for­mance an­a­lysts and other spe­cial­ist staff come from all over the coun­try to work in the cen­tre, along with those al­ready based in Wanaka. HPSNZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Bau­mann told guests at the open­ing last week for ath­letes to suc­ceed and get medals at the 2014 Win­ter Olympics, they had to have ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing fa­cil­i­ties. ‘‘You have to have the right peo­ple in the right po­si­tions first and fore­most, and the right coaches and sup­port. ‘‘And se­condly, ad­e­quate re­sources.’’ Other high per­for­mance fa­cil­i­ties around New Zealand in­clude the Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre in Auck­land and Row­ing New Zealand’s cen­tre at Kara­piro.

Hi-tech sports fa­cil­ity: Snow Sports New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Marty Toomey (left) and High Per­for­mance Sport New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Bau­mann in­side the new cen­tre in Wanaka. Photo: Aimee Wil­son

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.