For Immediate Release
21 February 2020
ASA 3-DAY TRAINING CAMP FOR MEN’S NATIONAL RELAY SQUADS
A three-day camp for the men’s 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m national relay squads began in earnest on Thursday at Tuks Athletics Stadium at the University of Pretoria in Tshwane.
Under national coach Paul Gorries, his assistant Werner Prinsloo and national manager Danie Cornelius, the camp will run up to Saturday.
The national training squad of 22 athletes has concentrated mainly on exchanges and combinations (field placings) on the first two days, areas identified as being the weakest link in South Africa’s past failures.
With the weather unforgivingly scorching during most of the two days of training, the athletes gave it their all in an amazing atmosphere of teamwork. A cloud cover on Friday afternoon brought much needed relief to the athletes.
“This has been a successful camp. The athletes have been marvellous. The camp gave us the opportunity to also lay down the plan for the athletes to know what is expected of them,” said coach Gorries.
“Furthermore, this was a great chance for the athletes to bond and get to know each other so that they can build up the spirit. It breaks the ice between athletes as some are quite reserved.
“On Friday (tomorrow), we will put what we were practising to test during the AGN League Meeting at the same venue where the 4x 400m squad will participate in the 4 x 200m race but more as a practice, while the 4 x 100m will compete in their distance race. We have told the athletes, however, to take their respective races serious, as a national or an African record will be recognised.”
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