Scraders attending camp in ‘Track Town USA’
Fresh from her success at the recent Carifta Games in Bahamas where she won a gold and a silver medal, middle distance runner Kyrah Scraders is now in Eugene, Oregon attending a training camp.
The talented 800 and 1500 meters runner was only home from the Carifta Games for a few days before recently travelling to the west coast of the United States with her coach Jarita Vickers for a camp with Peter Thompson, in Eugene, also known as "Track Town USA."
Thompson, an acclaimed IAAF instructor and coach of former British Olympians, was invited to Bermuda, by the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) during the International Race Weekend in January. While here he conducted training courses for the Bermuda national track and field coaches on new coaching strategies. In particular, his theories surrounding the "New Interval Training" methodology which is a critical component to the base training of middle distance athletes such as the 15-year-old Scraders.
The purpose of the training camp is to help build a platform for which both Scraders and her coach can develop their respective skills in the sport. Scraders has qualified for two major international meets later this year ... the 2013 World Youth Championships which is being held in Donetsk, Ukraine from July 10 to 14th, and the Junior Pan American Games which is being held in Lima, Peru on August 1 and 2.
"As she prepares for the World Youth Championships later this year, we thought it would be beneficial to organise one-on-one training sessions with Kyrah, Mr. Thompson and I,” said coach Vickers.
“This time would be used to develop a plan for the upcoming championships as well as build a foundation for a future plan for Kyrah over the next two to three years. The new methodologies learned will also benefit the Bermuda national distance programme as a whole."
According to Vickers, during the camp so far Scraders has been exposed to various forms of training and has had the opportunity to train alongside some of the senior athletes currently under. Thompson's instruction. She has had technical sessions on the track, running sessions in the water, spinning, endurance training in the country side and strength and conditioning instruction.
The camp has been designed to have multiple training sessions per day as well as "quiet" session used for reflection and recovery. Scraders and her coach have also had the opportunity to attend the collegiate Pepsi Track and Field Invitational at the University of Oregon's Historic Hayward Field, where they saw the Oregon Ducks and the Texas A&M University Aggies in action.
"The experience has been very different for me,” said the young runner.
“Oregon has many trails that are good for warm ups, warm downs and general long runs. I like working with Mr. Thompson and I think that the things I am learning will benefit me in track and field."
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