NSW Open Water Training Day

21 January 2024

The weather gods weren’t kind, and athletes and coaches faced torrential down pours and less than idyllic conditions. Despite the weather though, the day was an incredible one and it was great to get our SNSW OW Squad together once again. Our OW Squad athletes were joined by some of NSW’s younger athletes ineligible for selection onto the SNSW OW Squad based on their age at the 2023 National Championships.

The day focused on preparing our team ahead of the National Open Water Championships in Busselton.

OW Training Day

The first session was a longer swim, where the athletes focused on race tactics. The second swim focused more on OW Skills, turns & feeding.

OW Training Day

During the second session, the athletes were divided into groups, where they were given an opportunity to compete. Racing to buoys, putting the skill of turning under pressure. Feeding in groups, to replicate the potential difficulties faced when feeding in large packs. Both sessions were jam packed with skills, giving our athletes opportunities to hone their craft and prepare for the upcoming National Championships.

We’d like to thank all the coaches who attended the day and braved the torrential weather to support our athletes… Alyce Wierzbicki (Aquablitz Toongabbie), Bec Wheatley (Cranbrook Aquatic), Josh Stapley (The Hills) & Sarah-Jane Weir (ACU Blacktown). A big thank you to our NSW Coaching Director Jon Shaw for your vision for our SNSW Pathways, and the Regional Coaching Director Chris Myers for his help and support in planning the training day.

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