Young athletes get top-notch support lift
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.’’
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.