Last weekend, following the successful NISA IJS Sheffield event, all GB Squad Members congregated at Sheffield Hallam University for a two-day performance camp.
The Camp was organised by NISA for figure skaters from the National and Elite Squads and involved a variety of tutorials, one to one sessions, classes and tests to prepare our athletes for the season ahead.
Our medical team, headed by Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine Dr Eleanor Tillet, gave valuable advice and included Physiotherapist, Terassa Taylor-Kaveney; Dietician, Sophie Wise and Exercise Physiologist, Katie McGibbon.
Day One involved a number of tests for the Elite Squad and World Class Programme skaters; Penny Coomes & Nick Buckland and Amani Fancy & Chris Boyadji. These included strength and power testing and sessions covering individualised exercise, nutrition and physiology programmes. Accompanying our World Class skaters was our World Class Performance Manager, Robin Cousins MBE.
At the same time, the NISA Performance group comprising ISU Technical Controllers, Referees and Judges, headed by Hilary Selby, Maggie Worsfold, Ann Findlay, Chris Buchanan and Nick Russell; presented the performance squad with detailed feedback, on an individual basis, from the IJS Sheffield competition.
Across the two days, the National Squad skaters were treated to the same first class treatment with strength and power testing and lessons in sports nutrition, injury prevention and physiology. In addition to the theory sessions, the skaters had practical classes including flex and core.
The second day saw all athletes involved in Performance workshops commencing with a session from ISU Component Moderator, Chris Buchananon the ISU requirements for Performance. This was followed by an exciting and lively session with Kevin Adams, the tough-talking fitness instructor, dancer and choreographer.
Not a moment was wasted. When the athletes were not involved in classes, Sally McKeown took photographs of all members of the squad for posting on the NISA website soon.
Performance and Development Coordinator at NISA, Alex McKeown spoke of the camps success saying,
“This is the second time we have run a performance camp at Sheffield Hallam University and once again it worked really well.
“The camp is a great way to help our skaters develop and learn as the advice can be tailored to each skater and skating pair.
“It was great to have all of the squads together allowing the national squad skaters to mix with the elite skaters. This is a rare opportunity as our elite skaters spend most of their time outside of the UK.”
Whilst enjoyed by all, this Camp is hugely beneficial to our athletes to ensure that programmes and fitness are ready for the start of the competitive season.
Thanks to all the officials taking part.
The next NISA Camp, taking place at Lincoln University is in a few weeks time, in October and will focus on the Development skaters to include the younger Regional Development and UK Talent Potential groups