The first training camp of the Spanish Paralympic Committee project “Team AXA Hopefuls for Paralympic Swimming” took place last week in the High Performance Training Centre of Sierra Nevada, Spain.
The camp welcomed a total of 49 youngsters with a disability, 15 girls and 34 boys, sent by the Spanish Sport Federations for the Blind, for People with a Physical Disability, for People with an Intellectual Disability and for People with Cerebral Palsy.
Besides two training sessions per day, the youngsters also took part in biomechanical video analysis and discussions related to training and sport performance with two outstanding Spanish swimmers, Paralympic champion Richard Oribe and European champion Michelle Alonso.
The camp aims at testing the form of the youngsters as well as projecting their future as Spanish Paralympic swimmers in order to compose a renewed and competitive team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The ‘Team AXA Hopefuls for Paralympic Swimming’ wants to keep a high level of performance of the selected swimmers in the medium and long term through technical training and specialization plans, assistance during national and international competitions and support of the coaches and clubs.
The goal of ‘Team AXA’ is to become a first station for young athletes who will then move forward to being integrated in the High Performance Programme of the Spanish Paralympic Committee (Plan ADOP) and ultimately be part of the Spanish Paralympic Team and future international competitions.
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