Class Performance On The Road To Athens
3 day workshop at Hartpury College (23-25 February) will address
how the World Class Performance Programme (WCP) will seek to meet
the challenges of Athens in the remaining 547 days to the Opening
Ceremony. The workshop turns the focus forward, following a constructive
debrief of the World Class Performance Team at the second annual
World Class Equestrian Seminar held at the British Olympic Association
Winter Training Facility in Lofer, Austria, on 1-3 December 2002.
meetings are an important part of the rigorous process to review
performances in 2002 and plans for 2003/4 including preparing for
Athens, and meeting stringent BOA "fitness for purpose"
requirements for athletes.
the evening of Monday 24 February Simon Clegg, Chief Executive of
the British Olympic Association and Chef de Mission of Team GB in
Athens, will deliver the key note of the workshop, setting out clearly
what is required, physically and mentally, of all athletes who aspire
to succeed in Athens. He will be followed by speakers from UK Sport,
the English Institute of Sport (EIS), a top track athlete coach
and experts in equine nutrition and care from Spillers and NAF,
Official Suppliers to the British Equestrian Team.
WCP Modern Pentathlon athletes will join the WCP riders to share
training techniques and to participate in "MOTs" conducted
by their Coaches, Performance Managers and sports science specialists
from the EIS and UK Sports Institute (UKSI).
Straker, World Class Performance Director, said: "Thanks to
the continuing support of Lottery funding our riders can access
the first-rate range of athlete-focused support services that all
Great Britain's Olympic athletes will benefit from in the run up
to Athens. This workshop will make sure each rider gets maximum
benefit, according to their individual needs, to help them meet
the psychological and physical demands that they will face over
the crucial coming months. "
the help of the EIS, UKSI, BOA and UK Sport we will be providing
a number of new and stimulating ideas that may significantly improve
performance and we look forward to consulting on how these may best
be applied to equestrian sport."