Australia’s tropical far north will host members of the 2019 World Para Swimming team next week, as Swimming Australia holds a warm weather camp in Cairns.
The para team will return to their familiar northern base at the Tobruk Memorial Pool for the fourth year in a row, and the venue of last year’s successful Para Pan Pacs, as they prepare for the World Para Swimming Championships.
Held between Sunday 21 and Saturday 27 July, the camp’s schedule has been organised to fall seven weeks out from the start of the competition, which begins at The London Aquatics Centre on Monday 9 September.
Para Head Coach Brendan Burkett said he was looking forward to assembling the team and thanked the Cairns Regional Council for its support.
“As a team we’re very fortunate to head up to the far north and train at the Tobruk Memorial Pool, it’s a terrific venue and wonderful location,” Burkett said.
“The council and community have been extremely accommodating in helping us plan this camp and we appreciate their assistance – I’m sure the athletes will love exploring what Cairns has to offer in between training and team preparations,” Burkett said.
“Coming together seven weeks out from the World Para Championships is really important, as it’s a chance to refine race plans, skills and bond as a group.
“This doesn’t just include athletes, but it also extends to our coaching group and support staff who will all travel to the UK with the team to perform critical roles – we all want to be operating to the best of our ability.”
The athletes will be met with a packed schedule as soon as they arrive on Sunday, with daily training, activations, gym and leadership sessions planned for the week.
“Our Dolphins will train a couple of times per day and it’s imperative we maximise this opportunity leading into such an important competition, we want to make sure everyone is in peak condition.”
Following the warm weather training camp athletes will return to their home programs to put the finishing touches on their preparations before heading to Manchester on August 30 for their staging camp.
The team will spend a week in Manchester before travelling to London for the championships which begin on Monday 9 September.
The para camps follows the successful trip of our World Championships team, who also recently travelled to Cairns ahead of their competition in South Korea. Check out the video below and see what else they got up to here.