By Erin Greene on 07/08/13 at 7:58 pm
To boost the development of young female athletes in Asia, the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) hosted the first junior & U23 women camp from 31st July to 6th August 2013.
The training camp took place at the Seogwipo Dong-a Marathon Center on Jeju Island, Korea. Fourteen athletes and six coaches from seven Asian countries (Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) trained under the supervision of Luc Morin, ITU Sport Development coach.
The goal of this camp was to teach the talented female athletes to adopt proper triathlon techniques and skills to build up a solid performance base. This camp also provided good opportunities for the coaches to practice their coaching skills under guidance of Morin.
The ASTC Sport Development Coordinator, Ki Woo Kyong said, “We started this women camp to enhance female athletes development in Asia. I am certain that our coaches and young female athletes understood training purposes and procedure through sharing knowledge and experience with Luc.”
“I believe the camp provide us a wonderful experience because we need to prepare each session, and practice our coaching under the guidance of Luc. I really appreciate the hard work and efforts of Luc, who tried his best to share his experience and knowledge with us,” said Antony Lozada, coach from the Philippines.
“There is a significant increase in participation amongst women at the Asian Triathlon Championships. But, the participation of those athletes outside Asia is still minimal. Thus, this camp allows us to take a hard look at athletes and their skill development. Ultimately, attending coaches noticed a significant improvement in athletes’ performance in a short period of time. Coaches and athletes experience first-hand the importance of technique and skills,” said Morin.