In late August all athletes, coaching/program staff and service providers were in attendance at the AIS in Canberra for a starts and team dynamics camp.
The AIS Movement Science staff lead by Elissa Phillips provided a biomechanical analysis of each athlete’s start technique and with assistance from Matty Brennan (AIS Track and Field Sprint Coach), identified and developed some simple adjustments that with the intention of providing a performance improvement. The program is very grateful for their time and efforts.
In a continuation of this work, the squad departed Australia on October 2nd to Calgary, Canada, for an indoor ice start track and some early season sliding on the very familiar Calgary track.
In addition to making further gains in their start techniques the time in Calgary is to be used to become familiar with the equipment components that have been produced by the University of Canberra, Industrial Design team (Stephen, Eddie, Bill and Carlos).
The team has been fortunate that the time in Calgary has been blessed with blue skies and 15 to 20 degree days as it has taken a couple of very busy days working in a parking lot with grinders and drills to properly fit the equipment.
The next activity for the program is to head to Whistler on Thursday for the real start to sliding for ten days before heading to Park City and Lake Placid for a week at each location. The season really steps up in Park City and Lake Placid when these two venues host World Cup selection racing for Australian team spots with the racing in Lake Placid doubling as the Australian Championships.