The NSW Swifts are back on deck and have begun their preparations for a tilt at the 2014 ANZ Championship!
The entire 2014 roster came together for the first time over the weekend for a Swifts Induction Camp, where the athletes, coaching panel and support staff got to know each other better and in doing so set a strong foundation for the season ahead.
Head Coach Rob Wright said the weekend was an important step in developing key strategies and setting goals for the new season.
“It’s really important to have an induction weekend to be able to set the platform about our expectations and targets, so we are ready to go from day one of pre-season training,” Wright said.
“The weekend was the first time many of the players have met in person before, so it was about taking our first steps in creating a performance culture. It gave the players and the staff an opportunity to start building a rapport and bond with one another.”
The theme of the weekend as ‘Iconic New South Wales’ – but Wright said it wasn’t just to introduce players to their new home.
“We have some new faces in the side and so the weekend was a great opportunity to showcase what a beautiful place we live in, and remind the team who they were playing for – NSW fans,” Wright said.
“We visited some stunning locations, but it wasn’t all beautiful scenery – the athletes had to work hard. They had a challenging race around Taronga Zoo (which for those who are familiar know how steep those hills can be!) and also repeats of the Coogee stairs.”
“I’d like to thank our Principal Partner QBE for arranging the team’s access to Taronga Zoo, and also our Team Partner the Sydney Boulevard Hotel for the use of their conference facilities and having us stay at their beautiful accommodation. Also for the delicious dinner we had on the Sydney Boulevard’s Level 25 restaurant which closed the weekend off perfectly.”
With Kim Green, Paige Hadley, Sharni Layton and Caitlin Thwaites currently in Canberra for a week-long Australian Diamonds strength and conditioning camp, Wright said the Induction weekend was a great way for the entire 2014 team to start their pre-season journey as a whole unit.
“I was excited before, but after witnessing the players in action – both while training and while getting to know each other better – I came away from the weekend just so pumped for the season ahead. The challenges were tough, but the players took everything head-on; they’re ready to go for what will be an intensive pre-season schedule,” Wright said.
While the four Diamonds representative are in camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, the remaining 2014 NSW Swifts won’t be putting up their feet – they’ll are hitting the gym at the NSW Institute of Sport as well as undertaking some outdoor sessions.
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