Swimmers from all over the country took part in virtual relay training time trials as Australia’s elite athletes kept the competitive juices flowing.
While COVID still prevents large scale swimming meets, NSW Institute of Sport swimming athletes competed for the ‘Sydney Sharks’ at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in a virtual meet.
A total of eleven relays took place with a mix of Olympic events and other hybrid races.
NSWIS coaches Adam Kable and Simon Cusack led the Sydney Sharks outfit, with prize money on offer to sweeten the competition for athletes.
Swimming Australia National Head Coach Rohan Taylor said the virtual time trials provided many benefits.
“Firstly, this is a great chance to bring our athletes and coaches together for race practise, foster engagement and ignite the competitive nature of everyone,” he said.
“Providing constraints-based training challenges like this allows the athletes to practise skills in a situation different to their usual daily performance environment.
“Most importantly, this is a fantastic opportunity for our athletes in a challenging year”.
Each virtual event will also have a technical support staff on site to capture data and film relay changeovers.
“There are seven relay medals on offer in Tokyo, so they are an incredibly important part of our preparation for next year,” said Taylor.
“This activity will allow us to collect data, have that data assessed and then take the results back to their home programs to assist in their next block of work.”