Mudgee the training ground for next NSW next stars

TRAINING VISIT: The NSW emerging talent squad in Mudgee for a training camp during last week.
TRAINING VISIT: The NSW emerging talent squad in Mudgee for a training camp during last week.

The state’s emerging talent squad had a six-day training camp in Mudgee as part of Triathlon NSW’s development pathway for juniors aged 16 to 19.

Their coach, Mick Delamotte, said, “a big part of the camp isn’t necessarily the training but normal life lessons and acting professionally in relation to how they maintain themselves”.

“The objectives of the camp are to provide these kids with exposure to a lot of the demands placed on professional athletes when they tour around the world and have long periods of time in Europe,” he said.

“Being independent and self sufficient in all areas of nutrition hydration, so they’re cooking and shopping for themselves, they’ve got a budget to work to, they’ve got to clean, look after their equipment, and be on time with everything. They swim, bike and run all week, the majority of the sessions are cycling, which is one of the primary reasons I bring them to Mudgee because the roads are great – they’re not Sydney roads. And we’ve been out to a couple of the dams for swims.”

Delamotte also has a connection to the region – local Tri club, who they also did some work with.

“I grew up here at a farm out at St Fillans estate, I know the area, I know the locals within the Tri Club past and present,” he said. “And I’ve been here for years with training camps, so logistically as a coach it’s easy for me to manage, it’s a lovely town and got all of the facilities here to conduct the camp and achieve the objectives we want to achieve.”