The Fourth Annual Prospects West was held April 18-21 in Kamloops. The 96 swimmers were treated to a wide range of ideas in the pool, gym and classroom. The Tri-meet held on Saturday afternoon went right down to the wire with Alberta emerging victorious 806 to 803.5 over a hard-charging Team BC.
Olympic Head Coach Randy Bennett was on hand for the first two days and ran three sessions including an engaging start and turn session on Thursday night. He brought along Olympian and World Championship swimmer Alec Page and his teammate Eric Hedlin who just qualified for the World Championships.
Coach Dave Johnson of the Cascade Swim Club in Calgary led the remaining sessions, which focused on stroke reliability. Dr. Allan Wrigley gave a presentation on starts and turns and helped with all the pool sessions as well as the dryland. Eugene Liang of the Canadian Sport Institute ran the dryland sessions. The focus was on mobility exercises, which are designed to help swimmers improve and maintain their body position.
Shane Esau did his hydration testing and explained to swimmers what those tests meant. Swimmers learned that sipping water is the way to go. Shane also assisted with the 7 x 200 step test results.
Carl Nienhuis of the University of the Fraser Valley did two 1.5 hour presentations on mental performance and preparation. He started by explaining the difference between who you are and what you do. He stressed that if you want to be excellent you need to try and be excellent at everything. The swimmers went over pre-race routines, learned that the brain doesn’t understand the word “don’t” and thought about the concept of Fear vs. Love.