28 Jan 2013
January 28, 2013

Port Macquarie Nationals Camp 2013

On the 21st to the 24th of January, Carlile Swimming Club sent 28 swimmers, 3 coaches and 2 team managers to Port Macquarie. The trip was an unforgettable experience for all of us, with a great training schedule and facilities which were often used, and being right opposite the beach was perfect for having a bit of fun.

The training took place at Port Macquarie Olympic Pool, a short bus ride from our apartments. We trained on Monday afternoon and again in the morning on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. We also had two dry land training sessions. We were very fortunate to have the 25m pool to ourselves each morning, without any interruptions from other squads and we were able to train for 2 hours. Our accommodation was luxurious, the boys’ apartments were opposite the beach and the girls apartments a 5 minute walk away had a pool.

We regularly went for a swim at Town Beach and also visited Lighthouse Beach. The surf conditions were great and the coaches and swimmers all had a lot of fun! I think it is fair to say that the local surfers will not be looking forward to sharing ‘their waves’ with Lachy Bruce anytime soon.

Thanks to the great team managers we were spoilt with a fabulous breakfast each day and enjoyed dinners out each night; a HUGE thank you to the Falvey’s for the delicious feast they put on for us all…… the run up that long driveway was worth it for the steak!

The squad showed their talent is not limited to the pool with teams competing in the X-Factor. We found out that we have a couple of great magicians in our squad, some sneaky dancers, and that some of the girls are talented synchronised swimmers.

I would like to thank all the coaches and team managers for organising such a great opportunity; the apartments were amazing, the team all worked & played well together and the training was an important part of the trip as we all came away with something to work on with our stroke and we all learned new techniques to improve our starts and dives.

I believe that everyone would love to go back to Port Macquarie next year for another camp.

Ben Blakeney