SwimBC's second Regional Camp for 12&U Girls and 13&U boys was held in Prince George this past weekend for the Northeast region's clubs. Thirty swimmers from WLBF (Williams Lake), WRSC (Quesnel), PGB (Prince George), CEE (Chetwynd), and CONNU (Fort St. John) participated in the camp led by SwimBC's Regional Coach, Mike Flegel and Provincial Coach, Vince Mikuska.
The camp featured four pool sessions where the swimmers went through a multitude of technical drills and instructions in each of the four strokes, plus turns and starts. Savannah King, two-time Olympian of the National Swim Center Vancouver, was the featured Olympic athlete. Savannah shared her stories and experiences leading her into the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, including the challenges and triumphs she has experienced along her path to international success.
In addition, there was a mental skills presentation led by Coach Mike, where he and Savannah talked about the mental training G-I-F-T-S (Goals-Images-Feelings-Thoughts) and the importance of implementing those and practicing those on a regular basis. New this year was the running clinic, led again by Coach Mike, who, in a former life, was a professional triathlete. Savannah added plenty of insight with the running clinic, as the National team makes significant use of running in their dryland training program.
Provincial Coach Vince Mikuska led the water sessions, which were all technical in nature. Emphasis as always, was placed on speed off the wall and fast underwater kicking. The group did a timed 25-meter underwater dolphin kick, which will occur at all the Regional Camps. The swimmers' results are available here.
Click here for the camp workouts.