Junior Worlds Training Squad Training Camp October

During the school holidays 29 members of the NZ Junior Worlds Training squad and 3 officials gathered in Tauranga from 7-11th October for the 1st camp of the selection process for Junior Worlds. They had come from the North and South Island’s with one from Australia. This is how keen these juniors are.

We were lucky enough to be able to stay at the Tauranga Boys College again for the entire camp. The Boys slept in the Whare and the Girls in a classroom.

The day’s started with an early morning session on the field with running and fitness sessions. 

Once early morning session’s finished the squad came back to the kitchen for breakfast.

The squad then was taken to Western Bay Olympic’s Do-Jang and completed a full days training day with skill, fitness, technique and sparring drills with Coach Robin.

This routine went on for the entire camp and it certainly showed in our athletes the improvement and that they were taking it all in and learning from the whole experience.

With their bodies feeling the strain, aches and pains they were treated for a soak at the Mount Hot Pools.

At night after dinner the athletes could have a choice of a well deserved rest or training time with Coach Robin this was after the classroom sessions with entire squad where Trainer Camille Pruckmuller talked about diet, exercise, coping with stress and lots more.

Friday we were lucky enough to have Master Eruera who helped our athletes with the Haka. For this camp they have started right from the basics.

Saturday brought the day of our mini tournament and what a great effort from our juniors, some great improvements were showing and their new skills and the advice given was being used. This tournament was open to parents and instructors and it was good to see them turn up to show their support. The tournament finished and lunch was served.

The doors were shut and the closed trainings begun again for the afternoon session. Again this young squad sweated and worked hard showing their skills.

After a long Saturday the team came back to college where we had dinner and the squad had a well deserved movie night. While this was happening Coach Robin had one on ones with each squad member if she hadn’t done so during the day.

Sunday morning came and we had breakfast and then all made our way to Mt Maunganui for the squad to complete their last task of the camp, which was a run up the Mount. What an awesome day for this, some had never been up there before.  Feeling sore from their week of hard work, they again were treated to a soak in the hot pools for recovering.

We all made our way back to the Camp to pack and clean up and make our way home. Our next camp will be held in November and more information on this will be coming out shortly. Thanks to all that helped and made this camp possible your time and resources is much appreciated. This young squad bonded so well it was incredible to watch and l Iook forward to the next camp.


Hayley Storey

Team Manager Junior Worlds

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