SwimBC was very pleased to play host to the first-ever Para Prospects West training camp held February 7-9, 2018, in Richmond, BC. Ten SwimBC athletes, along with three more from Manitoba, were included with the camp this year, and plans are already underway to make the event bigger and better in February 2019.
The camp was led by Swimming Canada National Para-Swimming Head Coach, Vince Mikuska, and he took the swimmers through a series of stroke progressions, drills, test sets, and training sets aimed at getting across the fundamentals of the sport.
Also in attendance was Janet Dunn, Swimming Canada’s Para-swimming Development Coach, and Tessa Gallinger, who does a lot of the dryland, activation, and strength and conditioning work with Swimming Canada’s para National teams and NextGen squads.
One of the things that made the camp even more impactful for the swimmers was having almost every swimmer having their club coach at the camp with them. In addition to getting to work with their athletes in a controlled setting, the coaches also had the opportunity to run questions, ideas, thoughts, training design and the like, for their athletes past the top para-swimming coaches in the country.
We were also extremely fortunate to have two-time Paralympian, and Paralympic silver-medalist, Nathan Stein, come and speak to the athletes. In a very engaging and informative presentation, he spoke about the numerous challenges and obstacles (both physical and emotional) that he experienced on his path to success at the highest levels of the sport.