STP Development Camp 2018 Wrap-Up
The introduction to the State Team Program commenced on Monday, with the STP Development Camp taking place at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) and Auburn Everuss Aquatic Centre (Auburn) respectively. Over 350 athletes attended the camp following their invitations from the 2017 WPNSW State Team Championships.
It was the first time in WPNSW’s history where two age groups were combined for the STP Development Camp; with SOPAC hosting the U14s and U16s while Auburn hosted the U20s.
Athletes were consumed with over 7 hours of pool time, 3 hours of gym and an athlete presentation over the course of the three days. Athletes were measured through performance testing for the first pool session.
Goalkeepers were measured on post to post jumps for 30 seconds, an aerobic swimming capacity of 200m butterfly, with breaststroke kick and goal-to-goal throw.
Athletes were measured on a maximum throwing velocity, repeat sprint ability of 4x25m Freestyle, post-to-post jumps and an aerobic swimming capacity of 200m freestyle. All these elements were crucial in providing analysis of each athlete at the camp, according to WPNSW Sport Scientist Coordinator Sophie Taylor.
“Performance tests were designed and conducted to align with the energy systems utilised and movement patterns adopted throughout a Water Polo game,” she said.
“This gave both coaches and athletes a clear idea of where their strengths and/or weaknesses lie within the game. Analysis of these measures will also identify playing positions for example, as it will demonstrate the requirement of high proportion of swimming endurance or agility of the legs.
Athletes also undertook Anthropometry measures; recording the athlete’s height, weight and wingspan. This data is vital in projecting the athlete’s development according to Sophie Taylor.
“Anthropometric measures will be averaged across age group playing positions to establish trends and gather significant correlations. Also, to compare these developmental trends to measures taken in 5 or 10 years’ time.”
The pool sessions conducted were a different scope to that of previous years to other WPNSW Development Camps. Each pool session had a different aspect, elevating the athletes overall core development. Apart from testing, coaches focused on counter-attacking skills on the first day. The second day consisted of defensive leg skills and modified games, with the final day consisting of rotational games.
“The purpose was to pick a few elements of the game that I think we need improvement on that the kids aren’t as exposed to in all of their regular training. Therefore, we spent as much time on that as we could,” she said.
“It’s something we have been working on together trying to keep building our relationship with WPNSW. We are trying to work together for the same outcome and making it the best as we can for everybody. It was an exciting project and we gained a lot out of it. To be involved with the kids at a younger age was different from our point of view.”
Parents and athletes were also involved in presentations ran by Personal Excellence Advisor of New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS), Katrina Mulcahy. Katrina provides well-being, career & education support services to elite athletes who are scholarship members of NSWIS. Katrina’s talks provided insight to the elite athlete profile and providing athletes & parents knowledge on how to cope with these stages of progression for athletes.
Overall, the STP Development Camp proved to be a fantastic event adding to the progress of both the athletes and parents. Following on from this, WPNSW State Squads are to be announced within the next fortnight.
WPNSW would like to thank all the staff, athletes and parents who were involved in the event in ensuring it ran smoothly.
Written by Vangeli Kollias (WPNSW Communications Coordinator)