On Saturday, 15th September at Mike Barnett Sports Complex in Rockingham this year’s NITP Program commenced with over 60 young athletes in attendance.
The day commenced with the athletes being put through their paces undertaking fitness testing which was led by Greg Haff and Sophia Nimphius of Edith Cowan University. The tests included vertical leap tests, 20m sprints, agility and Yo-Yo tests as well as many others. These results will now be collated by ECU over the coming days.
Dr. Stephen Bird of Charles Sturt University made the trip over from NSW to conduct Movement Screening reports on each of the athletes to ascertain their susceptibility to injury. Each of the athletes walked away from the day with a Strength and Conditioning program which has been designed to focus on body and postural stability.
After lunch the athletes were split into groups and Basketball WA’s new High Performance manager, Brett Coxsedge had the athletes working through a series of shooting drills with records being taken for each. The day finished up with Brett taking the athletes through their home programs and the clear directive to work hard over the next 3 weeks before the next camp on October 6th-7th.
Thanks must go to ECU, Dr. Stephen Bird and all of the coaches in attendance who helped make the day a success. It is always exciting to see young athletes working hard to improve their basketball and this first camp was a great example of that with everyone involved working hard for the betterment of WA basketball.