On Monday, July 5th we held a NextGen/High-Performance training camp in Saint John at the Canada Games Aquatic Center. The camp was split into three parts, two in pool sessions coached by Marta Belsh and an In-class virtual session done by Ken McKinnon. We had 19 swimmers attend from 5 different clubs FAST, TIDE, CNBO, NES, and CNS.
Being the end of the season the in pool sessions were more technically based rather than performance-based. The idea of the in-pool sessions was to put purpose into what you were doing by implementing dry skills. This lead to very technical practices that were heavily focused on the nitty-gritty aspects of the strokes.
The classroom session done by Ken McKinnon was heavily based on what world Junior swimming is. The purpose of the session was to teach the swimmers what world junior swimming is and to help set them on the path to reach it. The session talked about the selection standards and the training guidelines to develop juniors. Ken also went into a lot of the technical aspects of swimming such as kicking, dolphin kicking, pulling, pre-pool, strength and conditioning, and racing tactics.
Overall the camp went very well and it was great to see all of you out participating. We can’t wait to have more of these camps in the fall and we hope to see all of you next year.
We would also like to give a big thanks to Marta Belsh and Ken McKinnon for making this happen!