Druce holds a skill session on the Swan River
National Canoe Slalom Head Coach Mike Druce was recently in Perth, Western Australia from 2-5 May, providing the states brightest young prospects with an insight into what it takes to be a top paddler.
The camp began at Hestor Park with Druce running some basic skills session there on the Thursday and Friday morning before heading across to the Swan River for some more skills sessions in the evening.
“We learnt how to use your energy wisely to get through the gates as quickly as you can and the quickest and most efficient ways,” said WA Junior Club paddler Nina Mueller.
The camp continued over the weekend with Druce conducting a combined training and coaching education course, where beginner groups with young paddlers acted as coaches and worked together on improving their coaching skills, as well as their technical paddling skills.
“The things we worked on are optimising the efficiency of paddling, so practically improving the quality of the forward strokes, getting a lot more power and efficiency in the forward strokes and making sure there is no unnecessary movement, and making sure that you are keeping the boat gliding well,” Druce said.
Following the camp, Druce is excited about the state of canoe slalom in Western Australia.
“What we can see is a really good young dynamic group that are really committed and enthusiastic and are willing to learn and pretty motivated to improve their own performance standards,” Druce said.
“We have got a really good strong club infrastructure, people prepared to help out and coordinate the activity and some good quality coaching here with Zlatan and some of the other people here available to coach, so it is a great environment, and it has been really successful up to this point and I think that there is plenty more to come.”
Please follow the link below where Mike Druce and some of the WA Junior Club paddlers speak about their experiences at the camp.
|WA Camp video with Mike Druce|