Young ath­letes get top-notch sup­port lift

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By GRANT BRYANT

Queen­stown’s top young snows­port guns now have ac­cess to elite specialist sup­port staff, thanks to a keen physio and chi­ro­prac­tor.

Af­ter work­ing with elite ju­nior skiers last win­ter, chi­ro­prac­tor Robert Moore and phys­io­ther­a­pist Hamish Dickie ap­proached High Per­for­mance Sport New Zealand, and with help from Queen­stown Health’s Neki Pa­tel and Snow Sports New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Toomey, de­vel­oped an elite train­ing pro­gramme for young ath­letes as­pir­ing to hit the top in alpine ski­ing.

With guid­ance from Snow Sport NZ the duo ap­proached and selected the re­gion’s top alpine skiers in the 10 to 14 age bracket to take part in the pro­gramme.

The holis­tic pro­gramme aimed at in­creas­ing all-round per­for­mance in­cor­po­rates sports nu­tri­tion, sports psy­chol­ogy, chi­ro­prac­tic care and phys­io­ther­apy and strength train­ing.

The young ath­letes will now have ac­cess to Com­mon­wealth Games sports nu­tri­tion­ist Gavin Clear­kin, Com­mon­wealth Games sports psy­chol­o­gist Gary Her­mans­son, and All Blacks po­di­a­trist Richard van Pla­terin­gen.

Also on hand will be Moore, Dickie and Pa­tel, who have col­lec­tively worked with the Swiss and Ital­ian ski teams, and top golf­ing pros tak­ing part in the New Zealand Open.

Moore and Dickie hope to de­velop the pro­gramme into other codes.

Young alpine skier Rose Hadley said the pro­gramme added bal­ance to her train­ing regime and made her more aware of tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures in po­ten­tially risky sit­u­a­tions.

‘‘It’s great to have ac­cess to people who re­ally know what they’re talk­ing about, and if you’re in a sport as a long-term thing, that’s a huge ad­van­tage,’’ she said.

‘‘If I en­ter the high per­for­mance pro­gramme then ev­ery­thing will seem less for­eign, mak­ing it a much eas­ier tran­si­tion.’’

Photo: GRANT BRYANT/FAIR­FAX NZ 629477767

Sports drive: Chi­ro­prac­tor Robert Moore with young alpine ath­letes (from left) Rose Hadley, 13, Alex Hull, 13 and Alice Robin­son, 12 at the Queen­stown Health HQ. Moore and phys­io­ther­a­pist Hamish Dickie have started a pro­gramme al­low­ing top young ath­letes ac­cess to the na­tion’s top pro­fes­sional sup­port staff.

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