Ellysia learns from the best
Monday, 20th December, 2010
Local swim star and captain of the Silver City Swim Club, Ellysia Oldsen, has recently returned from a week of intensive training in Sydney at theIan Thorpe Aquatic Centre.
Here she met up with NSW Institute of Sport head coach, Grant Stoelwinder, and his world class "Super Squad" swimmers - Australia's Geoff Huegill, Eamon Sullivan, Libby Trickett, Andrew Lauterstein, Matthew Abood and England's Rebecca Adlington.
Grant, with his Olympic and world swimming champions, had just returned from a sprint camp in Melbourne and were more than willing to offer advice, encouragement and support.
Ellysia will next travel to Adelaide as part of Swimming South Australia's High Performance Program. The program caters for various groups of differing abilities, ranging from country to national level performance squads.
Ellysia has this year been selected into the Silver Squad - catering for national level swimmers who have also achieved Australian Youth
Performance Squad (YPS) silver standard times (top 10 age rankings in Australia).
This squad is designed to provide additional opportunities for selected swimmers and their coaches to enhance their ability to perform at elite level.
The maximum silver squad size is 10 athletes who are priority ranked utilising FINA Points. Ellysia, her coaches (Ricky and Neville Shore) and the Silver City Swim Club have all been rewarded with the opportunity to gain valuable sports science data that can be used to refine their current and future training methods in conjunction with their home program coaches.
They will also benefit greatly from the opportunity to scrutinise other aspects of professional swimming development, encompassing areas such as schooling, psychology development and general well being issues that swimmers can be confronted by.
Ellysia will this weekend attend the silver squad biomechanics and underwater filming sessions with coach Ricky Shore at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.
They will also have access to enhanced educational services, including liaising with Swimming SA physiotherapists and head coach Brian King.
A further camp is scheduled for Ellysia and her coaches in March 2011, in the lead up to her attendance at the Australian Age Championships.
This week-long national event will be held at the new Marion Swimming Complex in Adelaide in April.
To date, Ellysia has already achieved 10 national qualifying times, including five National Age events, as well as five National Open events for 2011.