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Pathway Season off to a flying start!

 

 

 

The NSW Pathway Programs, incorporating the NSW Regional Academy of Sport Programs, ACT’s Triathlon ACT Talent Academy (TACTTA), Rest Of State Talent Academy (ROSTA), NSW/ACT Emerging Talent and Under 23 Programs have started the 2023/24 season with skill development leading into Race 1 of the Billigence Pathway Series.

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Across the State, the Development Pathways have commenced with program inductions and skills clinics to prepare athletes  with the specific skill set and requirements for draft legal racing. The draft legal endorsement process requires athletes to be competent on the bicycle so that they can handle the demands of fast paced draft legal racing.

NSW Triathlon organised a multi program camp in September in Point Wolstoncroft where 60 academy level athletes from four (4) academies came together for a weekend of learning. There are many benefits of having a large group of athletes – one of which is having groups of athletes of similar abilities.  On the bike, this can provide more motivation and challenge, more balanced sessions, a safer riding experience and more efficient and effective learning experiences. Athletes had a Running Analysis, Functional Movement Screening and Nutrition education. To put the skills that had been learnt to practice, several short distance triathlon races focusing on transitions were held.

The NSW/ACT ETS and U23 Camp in September at Lake Glenbawn focused on skill development and pre-season testing. Athletes completed a Functional Movement Screening, Running Video Analysis and Swim Video Analysis. Nutrition played a huge part of the camp – athletes needed to purchase their own supplies and cook for themselves during the camp. Hydration and sweat tests were able to show athletes how their hydration levels were going throughout the camp and how much they needed to replenish after training. The camp was at Reflections Holiday Park at Lake Glenbawn with open water swimming a stroll down the hill. Having a group of athletes of similar ability in the swim provided a race simulation opportunity, and lots of practice of deep water starts and wetsuit swimming. The quiet rural roads of the Upper Hunter Region allowed for long rides on the Sunday, allowing athletes to roll in pacelines with a bunch of similar ability. NSWIS Coach James Greathead was at the camp and provided a swim session and education and some insights and observations of the cycling sessions. A huge thank you for the support through the Reflections Holiday Park partnership, making the camp cost effective for the athletes that attended the camp.

Developing an athlete’s skills away from the sport is equally important with the programs focusing on the holistic development of athletes and included crucial information on areas such as nutrition, load management, injury prevention and many other aspects. NSWIS Physiotherapist Ali Fitch was at both camps collecting growth metrics from the athletes. The measurements along with training diaries will provide athletes with useful information regarding their growth and optimal times of training.

Race one of the Billigence NSW/ACT Pathway Series was in the Illawarra Region last weekend, hosted by the Illawarra Triathlon Club at Five Islands College in Port Kembla. Athletes raced in multiple formats starting with individual time trials and concluding with a traditional draft legal triathlon. Just under one hundred (100)  Pathway athletes toed the start line for race one – a great start to the season with some great performances and a lot of learning!  Thank you to the Illawarra Triathlon Club for hosting and the ongoing support from Jana and Michael Kapr at Billigence. NSW/ACT has a fantastic five race series and the support goes a long way to ensure the quality of the final event product.

 

We look forward to continuing to support our Youth, Junior, U23 and Elite athletes this season!

 

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