Great Danes arrive for Rio preparations
The Denmark swim team is in Bermuda for a two-week training camp in preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
The team of about 20 athletes and coaches will use the facilities at the Aquatics Centre, National Sports Centre, during their camp as they make the most of the warmer temperatures in Bermuda.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to come to Bermuda,” Nick Juba, Denmark’s head coach, said. “We are looking forward to it very much.”
The team’s training camp in Bermuda was facilitated through a strategic partnership between the NSC and the Bermuda Tourism Authority.
Included in the staff of about 20 men and women are a world-record holder, an Olympic medallist and a world champion.
“As we explained in September we have seen very good traction in the early days of this agreement,” said Pat Phillip-Fairn, the BTA’s chief product and experiences development officer.
“But the Danish national swim team coming here to prepare for the 2016 Olympics is easily the most high-profile visit since the agreement took effect in April.
“Naturally we’re very excited. The Danes confirm that our strategy of Bermuda as a sports training ground is a winning strategy, especially as it relates to the shoulder season.”
Juba, the team’s coach, said training in Bermuda will allow the team to “dress rehearse” for the conditions in Rio. He is especially interested in taking advantage of Bermuda’s time zone which compares to Brazil’s.
“The pressure for television coverage has resulted in the heats starting at 2pm rather than morning time and the evening finals starting at 10pm,” he said.
“We will be trying to adjust to these out of the ordinary demands while we are in Bermuda.”
Plans are also in place to have overseas college teams use Bermuda for training during the winter months.
“Between now and March we have visiting college teams using our facilities, high school teams and now an Olympic team,” Amy Fox, the NSC Aquatics and Fitness manager, said.
“This is exactly what was envisaged when we focused in on the winter months as part of our agreement with the BTA. I think it’s fair to say this is just the beginning.”
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