Riddle receives Academy education

01/07/2018

Education Sessions jpg. Caption: (Back Row) Left: Callum Emmerton, Cycling – Goulburn; Joashua Daniher, XC Mountain Bike – Braidwood; and Dana Riddle, Cycling – Yass. (Front Row): Lauren Elliott, Triathlon – Bungendore; Zachery St Vincent, Cycling – Goulburn; Tasmin Davies, Cycling – Crookwell; and Tamika Wallace, Cycling – Goulburn. Photo: Supplied.The South East Regional Academy of Sport (SERAS) conducted two education sessions for local scholarships holders on Sunday, January 11 at the Goulburn Soldiers Club and a two day track camp last week at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill.
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The Cycling Program is run in partnership with Cycling NSW and is sponsored by the Goulburn Soldiers Club.

Executive Director of SERAS, Garry Lane said the Academy’s Education Program is being delivered to its scholarship holders within each of the sport program’s training camps or as a stand-alone activity for local academy athletes.

“These training camps help the scholarship holders to work on their techniques,” Lane said.

“The whole program runs for six months and we try to improve their knowledge about being an elite athlete. We believe that these education and training sessions make a big difference to their development.”.

Through the education sessions, the members of the Cycling Program and Individual Athlete Program attended a media skills session with Cathy Reid as well as a sport psychology workshop with Richard Keegan.

Cathy recorded an interview with each athlete and provided feedback on presentation and speaking skills while in front of the camera. Richard’s workshop focussed on the athletes’ mindset and how the mind can have a positive impact on development and performance.

During the two day track program, coach Graeme Northey put the athletes through a series of sprint training techniques, with new scholarship holder Dana Riddle having her first ride on a track surface.

The five riders were guided through standing starts, flying 200’s, a time trial and sprint racing tactics. Last year’s NSW representative Tasmin Davies looks set to push for more honours during the state championships later this month.

On day two the riders participated in endurance training sessions including pursuit starts and race lines before discussing scratch racing and tactics with Graeme. The camp concluded with a number of standing using equipment and facilities only available to the athletes in Sydney.

“They attended the Velodrome in Sydney. The point of the program is to give them access to skills and facilities that they would normally not get access to in a regional area. We provide them with both the education and fitness testing,” Lane said.

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