In support of this camp, HP Sport PNG hosted talks on Nutrition and Recovery and ran the squad members through sport specific gym sessions
"Our team from HP Sport PNG was absolutely thrilled to be engaging with swimming in their first camp leading into the Oceania Swimming Champs to be held here in Port Moresby in 2018.
“We were excited that there were so many young individuals in the room; to develop a sport well, it needs to start with younger athletes.
“In this case, we were pleased to see the young group so eager to learn.
“We would like to see more of these swimmers in the coming months to physically prepare them for a massive opportunity coming with the Oceania Champs," said Strength & Conditioning team leader, Hannah Ilave.
Director – High Performance, Aaron Alsop was encouraged by the integration of HP services to the camp, with a focus on the holistic systems approach to the athlete’s development.
“This type of approach for athletes is critical if coaches and athletes want to achieve the best outcomes of their programs. There is more to preparing athletes then just the work done in training in the pool, or on the field. Aspects of mental skills training, leadership & personal development along with understanding aspects of how to manage load and recovery are all critical success factors for elite athletes” said Alsop.
PNGSI President, Liz Wells said the main objective in hosting the camp was to motivate the athletes to focus now on preparing well for the Oceania championships. Another objective was team building.
Wells said the camp achieved its purpose and hoped such events were held annually from the recent one where 20 locally based and three overseas based athletes participated.