first_imgThe opportunity for elite training with National coaches and players is fairly common for those touch players living in New South Wales or Queensland. However, for the smaller and more isolated touch regions such as the Northern Territory, the opportunities are fewer. Held once every twelve months, the Northern Territory Elite training camp is one such opportunity. The training camp has been run for the past seven years and this year brought 26 athletes to Darwin for the camp, which was run from June 24-26. The athletes were between the ago of 13 and 18 years and traveled from Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Maningrida. Kerry Norman (current Australian Womens Open coach), Peter McNeven (past Australian Mens Open coach) and also Australian representatives Bo De la Cruz, Tony Eltakchi and Peter Stoddart, all made the trip to Darwin. Isobel Appo from Northern Territory Touch, says the idea behind the camp is to give the players three days of intense training and education in what is expected of an elite player. The camp included hydration and fluid lectures, fitness assessments, skill sessions and other activities. A little bit of fun was also scheduled in, with the players taken to the small town of Batchelor one morning to train, before heading to the beautiful Litchfield National Park for a swim. Local touch coaches were also invited to attend the camp, with the presence of Australian coaches a great opportunity to help develop their knowledge and skills. “All our athletes and coaches and our Association really appreciate the opportunity to have the Australian coaches and players give their valuable time and help which we see as an excellent tool in the development of touch at the elite level,” says Ms Appo. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

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