For the 2017-2018 season, SwimBC endeavoured to run a series of training, educational, and team-building camps for Prospects-aged swimmers in the various regions in BC.
Athletes were grouped by single-year age divisions, identifying ten swimmers in each gender / age: 13-14-15yr. girls, and 14-15-16yr. boys; age as of January 1, 2018, for a total of 60 swimmers.
Selection was done by adding the best three National rankings within their age to arrive at a "score". For example, a rank of 5th, 12th, and 36th would yield a "score" of 53. The ten best scores within each age would then be selected.
We were extremely pleased with the interest in these camps, as 56 swimmers committed to attend, although a few of those later withdrew due to illness or injury.
One of the primary objectives of this camp was to provide a training stimulus to the swimmers centered around stroke reliability. Using as a basis the training sets done with our Select Training Squad at our first training camp with HPC-Victoria in early October, the workouts set out to challenge the athletes' ability to maintain stroke count and even splitting as the physical demands increased over the course of the four workouts.
After a fairly taxing first day of the camp, we presented the swimmers with the basics of Dr. Allan Wrigley's warm-up guidelines, had them prepare their own "race warm-up" and then had them stand up and race 100m of one of their best strokes, telling them that they had to be within :02 of their best time. Each camp had at least two swimmers beat their previous PB, and at least 90% of the swimmers in each camp succeeded in being well within the :02 boundary.
Also as a part of each camp, we had a nutritionist and mental performance come in to share information with the athletes, as well as underwater video captured for the swimmers to review with their respective coaches.