By ASTC on 01/02/16 at 2:37 am
Thanks to full support from Thailand Triathlon Association, the ASTC Talent Identification camp with 26 athletes and 16 coaches from 9 emerging countries was successfully held in Rayong, Thailand from January 25th to 31st.
The aim of the camp is to boost the development of athletes and coaches by supporting talented athletes from emerging countries. Throughout diverse tests in the camp, we has evaluated the physical and mental strength of athletes consulting with their coaches. For selected athletes, we will provide diverse support such as scholarship, equipment support, and mentorship for their training to get qualified for 2018 Buenos Aries Youth Olympic and 2020 Tokyo Olympic.
Under the guidance of ITU facilitator, Peter Clifford, 16 coaches cooperated to create interactive and cheerful mood in the camp to reduce the stress of training and tests. To create stress less and learning environment, Peter introduced a couple of training concepts that made athletes feel not training but playing and get along with the other athletes. And he communicated with coaches and athletes all the time to inspire athletes.
“We have the biggest participation ever. I think this is a good signal showing that we are heading to right direction and our member federations are targeting on young athletes development. I hope this coaches and athletes to share what they have learnt here in the camp when they go back to their countries.” Said Ki, ASTC Sport Development coordinator.
“The biggest benefit of this camp is to help young athletes decide where to go. Our kids figured out how enjoyable triathlon can be through this camp. It looks like they are playing all day in cheerful mood. Also our coaches talked a lot with our colleagues from other countries. This help us open our mind and share our knowledge with other coaches”, Emily, coach from Philippines said.
“It is my great pleasure to work with Asian athletes and coaches. I think that training in big group provide big learning benefits for all athletes and coaches. We identified more talented athletes with potential this year. I will do my best to help them develop themselves consistently in cooperation with their coaches.” Peter said.