AUSTRALIA's future Winter Olympians were given a taste of life as a professional athlete, with a two-day camp working alongside some of the nation's most respected coaches.
Jindabyne athletes Antonia Murphy, Charlotte Murphy, and Isabella Oatley and Declan Burke from Charlotte Pass underwent physical and mental testing in preparation for the upcoming ski season.
The South East Regional Academy of Sport (SERAS) Snowsports Program held their first training camp earlier this month at the University of Canberra.
On the first day athletes were put through a physiotherapy screening by Phil Newman from the university, to identify any weaknesses the 15 athletes might have.
The afternoon session was conducted by SERAS athlete performance specialist, Courtney Porter. She ran individual movement screenings, with the athletes put through a series of fitness tests. Ms Porter was assisted by SERAS intern students: Vanessa Gaynor, Beth Taylor and Scott Reaper.
Day one concluded with specialised coaching sessions at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from Australian gymnast and three time Commonwealth gold medallist, Philippe Rizzo and ACT junior coach Alasdair Tutt.
The second day started with feedback from the fitness testing as Courtney presented the results.
Following this strength and conditioning assessments and core strength programs were issued to the athletes. The camp finished with a workshop on performance anxiety from sports psychologist Richard Keegan.
Run in partnership with NSW Snowsports and Snowsports ACT, the program is designed to focus on the physiological, psychological and personal development of the scholarship holders. The athletes are drawn from across NSW and the ACT and represent the disciplines of alpine skiing, ski cross, freestyle moguls, cross country skiing and snowboarding.
A second camp will run in September at the completion of the domestic ski season.