Camp Report from Laura Stump
I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend this training camp held at the AIS. I came away after 3 days with a lot more knowledge on athletics than before and some new friends.
At the beginning of the day we first had training with some professional coaches from around Australia at the track. The coaches were approachable and explained why we were doing certain exercises. I learnt a lot from them especially some cool tips on my running technique. They also some effective exercises and drills to do to help this. Because I am a middle-distance runner, the training that we did was quite hard to say the least.
In the afternoons we all went to different workshops around the AIS. These were either stretching, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and the hot and cold recovery baths. I would have to say that the hot and cold baths were my favourite because they made my legs relaxed after the hard training we had done before. What I found interesting was the importance of eating meat after exercise to help repair the muscles, the rest of the food was really good too.
Towards the end of each day we went to a conference. Here we had the privilege to meet Glynis Nunn, an Olympic gold medallist in the heptathlon. She was actually running the camp. She told us all about her history as an Olympian and how she got to be one. She actually sat diagonal to me on the flight from Sydney to Canberra! We also got to learn about the lives of other Australian Athletic Olympians. They shared their experiences, good tips on how they prepared for their event and a few good laughs.
Going away with a small team meant that everyone got to get to know each other and we all became good friends. We definitely shared some good laughs and being together which made the whole experience a lot better.