Development camp a success
Basketball Australia held a National Development Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra last week.
It was an important part of the talent identification for the 2009 Australian Emus and Gems squads, who are in the early stages of preparation for the 2009 World under 19 Championships.
In total, 50 athletes from around Australia attended the camp, which provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the best young talent in Australia, as well as some of the best coaches.
“It was a tremendous development opportunity for both coaches and players,” said Patrick Hunt, Head Coach of the National Intensive Training Centre Program (NITCP) and Technical Director of the camp.
“We have to do everything possible to stay ahead of our international competition.”
The NITCP head coaches met prior to the camp, where AIS men’s Head Coach Marty Clarke and Pat Hunt conducted a 3 hour workshop on international trends in playing styles that formed the basis of the camp’s program, delivered by practitioners from the AIS.
Those coaches also received presentations on strength and agility programs for young athletes.
Across the four days of camp, athletes and coaches were examined on the court and tutored off it, with seminars on sports nutrition and sports psychology of particular note.
As the camp was held during the school year, the kids also undertook three sessions of supervised study hall at the AIS Athlete Career and Education (ACE) study facilities.
The information gained by players and coaches at the camp will now be taken back to their respective States and Territories and implemented by the NITC Program, assisting to accelerate the development of the 2009 Gems and Emus.
Basketball Australia would like to congratulate Patrick on what was a very successful camp.