Australia’s best butterfliers and backstrokers assembled this week for their National Event Camp at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Under the guidance of Michael Bohl (butterfly) and Glenn Baker (backstroke), and supported by Ian Pope, more than thirty swimmers, including the next wave of talent, were put through their paces both in and out of the pool.
Speaking to media while at the camp, Bohl said the rainy and “unpredictable” conditions would assist in the athletes’ preparation.
“Putting them in a situation like this is very good for their character development,” he said.
“We are trying to get a predictable outcome, in a very unpredictable environment”.
With the weather throwing up challenges, Pope reiterated Bohl’s sentiments and highlighted the impressive talent taking part in the camp.
“This is the highest standard of backstroke I’ve seen for years,” he said.
The camps also gave the opportunity for the country’s rising stars to train alongside their role models and learn from the Dolphins – a level they strive to achieve.
“I think it’s a great chance to see how they train,” said 16-year-old Elizabeth Dekkers, who swims with Newmarket Racers in Queensland.
Three-time Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice also visited the swimmers to talk about the relationship between hard work and success, something that Bohl believed was highly beneficial for the swimmers.
“I think it’s good to get other swimmers who have been successful at the Olympic Games to come and share their thoughts and feelings.”
The National Event Camps continue next week when Simon Cusack leads the 100m freestyle and relay camp in Canberra. For more information, click here.