National coach Steve Glasson OAM shares his insights from the squad’s recent training camp at Broadbeach ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the second instalment of Glas’ Gazette.
The Jackaroos have undergone their final training camp ahead of an extended camp from the end of March where the team will establish themselves for the Games beginning on April 5.
In what was an erratic time on the Gold Coast weather-wise, the squad benefited from being subject to all kinds of conditions, including extreme humidity and wild storms.
April on the Gold Coast is renowned for being unpredictable in weather and so our team will need to be prepared for all kinds of tropical conditions that will have a significant impact on the green.
Aside from the weather, the team continued fine-tuning their games with a number of drills and match-simulation exercises, while also counter-balancing their games off the green.
The squad were sized up and treated to their official Games uniforms and gear, with the Australian green and gold looking a treat on our 17 male and female players.
Instagram – Kelsey Cottrell
Another alternative but important form of ‘training’ conducted by each and every squad member was that with Bowls Australia’s (BA) media team.
Squad members were put through a series of rigorous interviews by BA Media mirroring the type of questions that could be asked during the Games in a number of scenarios by the Australian and international press.
From straight-forward responses to curly questions to learning how to probe back at the journalist, the media game was certainly not as straightforward as it seems.
The experienced proved highly enjoyable and useful for players and coaches alike, with further feedback to be provided to each individual player in the coming weeks.
From now, our players will break until March 27, where we will come together for our final camp and the Games that follow.
In the meantime, our Jackaroos will head back to their clubs and continue to ramp up their preparations with some to also take part in events around Australia.
Para-sports bowlers Josh Thornton, Tony Bonnell and Ken Hanson will take part in a Traralgon Triples event from March 8 to 9, along with Barrie Lester, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff at the same event.
On the same weekend, Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy will journey not far to Brisbane to participate in the Darra/Cementco Ladies Master Pairs.
The excitement is palpable in the squad among coaches and players alike as we nudge closer and closer to what we’ve all been working towards and we cannot wait to take Australia with us on our journey.
36 days to go!
Stay tuned for further instalments of Glas’ Gazette as we edge closer to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth! Games!