The Australian Netball Team was involved in a gruelling early-morning training session on Melbourne’s beaches with former Special Operation Group police officers from the IDQ Training Team, as part of their preparation for next month’s World Championships.
The players were subjected to tough physical and tactical tasks to encourage team work and motivation as well as peak physical fitness.
Selina Gilsenan, one of the fittest members of the team, found the session tough but a great challenge.
“I think we were all a bit scared going into it because we knew it was going to be tough, but we know the guys now and it was a lot of fun,” she said.
The training session kicked off the Australian Team training camp in Melbourne, enabling the team to bond as they work towards their goal of becoming world champions at the 2007 New World Netball World Championships in Auckland from November 10-17.
“I think we are a really tight team, even though we’ve only just come together. Most of the girls know each other and we all get along really well. So it’s a really good atmosphere,” Gilsenan said.
Coach Norma Plummer also used the IDQ team as part of Australia’s preparations for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The session provided a challenging, yet interesting way of training for the team. Plummer said the IDQ session was an important element in strengthening the team dynamics.
“Because the team has just been announced, now is the time to come together. This was a tactical team session that will help the team achieve all of the goals that they’ve said they are going to commit to,” she said.
The team will face a testing schedule in Auckland when they play their first three pool matches in consecutive days.
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