Last week, twenty of Australia’s top park and pipe riders came together for a high performance training opportunity supported by SSA, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS), the Olympic Winter Institute (OWIA) of Australia, Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre and Perisher. The Camp which was led by Bud Keene, former US Snowboard Team Head Coach and more recently the personal coach of Olympic champion, Shaun White, provided athletes with the opportunity to progress their riding in glorious spring conditions and experience the elements of a supported high performance training program. Bud was supported by local coaching talent, Jarrod Wouters, Chad Collier, Mikey Williams and Jason Clauscen.
The Camp included the exclusive use of a bag jump which was built to perfection by Charles Beckinsale and his Perisher Park team, replicating the first jump of the Perisher Front Valley Slopestyle. Most athletes were introduced to the bag for the first time and were able to put into practice progressive new tricks, before moving them directly onto snow.
In the first program of its kind in Australia, the team of athletes including Sochi 2014 Olympians Scotty James, Nate Johnstone, Kent Callister as well as a host of young up and comers, Josh Vagne, Mahalah Mullins and all those in-between benefited from a range of off snow activities to complement their on-snow goals. Daily ice baths in Lake Jindabyne were followed by video analysis, acrobatics and trampoline training, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and performance workshops.
“We’re really pleased with how this week turned out”, said SSA Pathway Coordinator, Ramone Cooper. “It has proven to be an important step in supporting our developing talent and enhancing Australia’s prospects for success at future international competition”.
Following on from the Camp, and in-line with the Australian Institute of Sport’s new high performance strategy – Australia’s Winning Edge, SSA are working towards the establishment of a new Park & Pipe program within the institute network to build on the success of this initiative.
Athletes in Attendance
Kent Callister, Nate Johnstone, Scott James, Declan Vogel-Paul, Lauren Stavely, Michaela Davis-Meehan, Jess Rich, Mahalah Mullins, Cameron Staveley, Valentino Guseli, Cassandra Fortune, Matthew Cox, Josh Vagne, Luke Staveley, Angus Waddington, Joss McAlpin, Josh Glen Crisp, Tim Laidlaw, Alex Fitch, Jye Kearney, Tom Halverson