|SRNSW Junior Ski Camp 2013
On the weekend of 22 nd /23 rd March, Ski Racing NSW held, yet another of its awesome ski race coaching clinics and after attending, I can see why these weekends are the benchmark in Australian coaching & development of our Juniors.
Saturday started off with sign on, then straight on with the runners, for a fitness session with Alex Ross, with all being put through their paces including Horbes, who can still match it with the kids.They then hit the water for a warm up on social skis, hands in front being the rule. The kids skied through the day, trying the entire range of marathon skis and discs. During the afternoon, as the kids were having social skis & relaxing, DC was going through the kids race gear and watching them ski. There were some interesting set ups! The food and drink flowed constantly and boy, can they eat! Brandon was in Mirage and within hours it was broken. He then took the wheel of Fleshwound a few hours later that was broken too! Observing may be more your thing Brandon. It was time to bring in back up. A quick phone call to Stephen Coyte and Joel was on his way to get Monster Maker. Jo & Jason Dingli also kindly arranged for Mad Ranga to be available for first thing Sunday morning. Thanks guys.
After a dinner of hamburgers, followed by ice cream, the kids then sat down to watch Madagasgar 3 in the famous White Sands Resort outdoor theatre, the popcorn buckets were passed around. After all day at it, some didn't see the end of the movie as the “Sleep Monster” appeared.
Sunday woke to another beautiful day of sunshine with the smell of bacon & eggs in the air “nothing better”. Again Alex, with Horbes were into the fitness session and a quiet talk at the end from Alex. Alex being a former Junior World Champion and great motivator gave the kids some insight.Sunday progressed, similar to Saturday as DC, continued to check each childs gear and spend some one on one time with each ski racer. The afternoon concluded with a 3 team relay. Each Trainer had a team. The kids have to ski on a ski unfamiliar to them, then swim in from the buoy, run a circuit stopping at markers to do squats and burpies. This proved to be hilarious. Crystal was in the barge as top turn and Brandon in Summa Humma as bottom turn buoy. After Smithy & Monster Maker passed top turn, Coldy was approaching. Crystal slowly moved the barge toward Cliftonville. Coldy was a wake up to her and cut the corner. Team Smithy was our winner.
It was great to see the older kids, who have benefited from these ski clinics over the years, with Crystal Gordon, Jess Smith & Jack Coldy observing for the kids and helping all weekend be it food preparation or cleaning up. Then there was the adult ski racers, who gave up their weekend to attend. A truly great job by Alex Ross, Brandon Cropper, Dale Jamison, Dani Coyte, Craig Gordon, Chris & Trudi Stout and Luke Keys. Thanks to Mandy & Jon Horbury & Cliff Priest who jumped in and drove & observed all day or the kids. The usual crew of help with boats, John & Cyclone Raicey (until Steve broke Raicey and pinched the Cyclone Raicey), Brandon & Mirage,Joel & Fleshwound, Rohan & Smithy 2, Coldy &Coldys, Summa Humma, Monster Maker ,Jason Mad Ranga and the Gordon's faithful Camero. Even the NSW barge came out to play.
Of course, the coaching staff can't be forgotten, Danny Cropper, Ian & Linda, who have taken NSW coaching clinics to the high standard that they are. A very big Thank you to George & Hitech Oils, for your financial support and showbags for each child. The funding enabled the kids to have a range of new skis, handles & ropes, sunshades and esky etc. Lastly, to the owners of White Sands Resort, thank you for your hospitality. Oh yeah and to our #1 driver Coldy… Thanks Pal!