Junior/U23 Camp Report – Part 1

Last week the athletes preparing for the World Junior/U23 Championships came together for a training camp. Highlights included a six hour over distance ski/hike from Thredbo through the Ramsheads to Mt Kosciosko and two days of fitness, strength and skills testing in and around the AIS in Canberra.

In attendance were Alasdair Tutt, Damon Morton, Hamish Roberts, Jackson Bursill, Ellie Phillips, Anna Trnka, Casey Wright and Ash Spittle. Coaches attending were Nick and Lescinska Grimmer, Finn Marsland and Felice Bietzel. A big thank-you needs to go to Alina McMaster and Tom Landon-Smith who provided accommodation for the team in Canberra and Geraldine Blanch for providing the accommodation for the team in Thredbo.

The first two days of the camp were located in Canberra and involved four fitness, strength or skills tests. A description of each test and how each athlete performed are provided below.

Double Pole Time Trail: A 2km mainly uphill roller ski time trail in which athletes are only able to double pole.

Alasdair Tutt: 7:56.5
Damon Morton: 8:04.6
Jackson Bursill: 8:06.8

Anna Trnka: 9:31.9
Ellie Phillips: 9:39.2
Ash Spittle: 9:57.6
Casey Wright: 10:26.7

Agility Test: Skiers skate roller ski through a short course that involves sharp corners, acceleration and slalom turns.

Damon Morton: 47.3
Jackson Bursill: 49.2
Alasdair Tutt: 50.3

Ash Spittle: 51.3
Ellie Phillips: 53.8
Casey Wright: 54.4
Anna Trnka 1:04.9

Uphill Time Trail: 2.9km course from the bottom to the top of Mt Ainslie in Canberra. The gradient of climb is sign posted at 10%. Athletes completed the climb on classic roller skis.

Alasdair Tutt: 14:42
Damon Morton: 14:57
Jackson Bursill: 15:01

Anna Trnka: 15:29
Casey Wright: 16:48
Ellie Phillips: 17:10
Ash Spittle: 18:10

Canadian Strength Test: A 1 minute on 1 minute off circuit that includes Pull Ups, Sit Ups, Push Ups, Box Jumps and Bench Dips.

  Pull Ups Sit-Ups Push Ups Box Jumps (40cm) Bench Dips Total
Alasdair Tutt 25 44 49 66 40 224
Jackson Bursill 15 50 59 59 32 215
Damon Morton 17 51 31 59 22 180
Ash Spittle 2 43 25 60 40 170
Casey Wright 5 44 18 50 30 163
Ellie Phillips 0 41 36 56 27 160
Anna Trnka 0 42 18 50 30 140

 Total: The total score from the testing was calculated by adding the times of the double pole time trail, the agility test and the uphill time trail. The score from the strength test is then converted to seconds (224=224 secs or 3:44) and subtracted from the total score.

  DP Time Trail Agility Test Up Hill TT Strength Test Total
Alasdair Tutt 7:56.5 50.3 14:42 -3:44 19:44.8
Jackson Bursill 8:06.8 49.2 15:01 -3:35 20:22.0
Damon Morton 8:04.6 47.3 14:57 -3:00 20:48.9
Anna Trnka 9:31.9 1:04.9 15:29 -2:20 23:45.8
Ellie Phillips 9:39.2 53.8 17:10 -2:40 25:03.0
Casey Wright 10:26.7 54.4 16:48 -2:43 25:26.1
Ash Spittle 9:57.6 51.3 18:10 -3:00 25.58.9
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