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NAP Newsletter

ISSUE 2 - MARCH 2022


Hi everyone and welcome to the latest NAP News. Remember, the purpose of the Newsletter is to keep you all informed of what is going on in the NAP space, and to celebrate your achievements and success. We hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜Š



RECORD BREAKERS โ€“ Short Course


Congratulations to Laura Littlejohn who competed at the World Short Course Champs in December. Lauraโ€™s best placing was 18th which came in the 100 Free. Laura also set new NZ records as follows:

Name

Club

Record

Age

Event

Time

Venue

Laura LJ

St. Pauls

NZ Age

17 Years

100 Free

53.96

Doha

Laura LJ

St. Pauls

NZ Age

17 Years

50 Free

24.87

Doha

Laura LJ

St. Pauls

NZ Age

17 Years

50 Fly

26.53

Doha

Laura LJ

St. Pauls

NZ Age

17 Years

100 IM

1.00.43

Doha

Laura LJ

St. Pauls

NZ Age

17 Years

200 IM

2.10.61

Doha


NAP 2021 - 2022 INTAKE 3


Congratulations to the following athletes who made the criteria to join the NAP via Intake 3:

  • Sionann Murphy

  • Nia Wallace

  • Breeze van Veldhuizen


NAP CHRISTCHURCH CAMP 25-29 JANUARY


A big well done to the athletes who attended the January Camp in Christchurch. Despite a small team, the athletes showed big hearts with their efforts, commitment and their enthusiasm to learn. Some key take home messages were:

  • Improve your swimming skills โ€“ particularly distance per stroke, turns (approach, rotation & distance off the wall) and finishes

  • Improve your kick performances

  • Have a clear plan so you know why you swim and how to achieve your goals

  • Keep your logbook up to date and use it to record your progress, comments and performances

  • Train with purpose โ€“ relates closely to the previous 2 points

  • Work hard and smart with your coach โ€“ make sure it is a collaborative effort

  • Give feedback to your team mates on how the Camp was for you โ€“ what did you learn and what were the main highlights (ie. spread the word!)



NAP AUCKLAND CAMP 25-29 JANUARY


Well done to all the athletes who attended the recent 1 Day NAP Camp held in Auckland. It was great to catch up with you all. The addition of the long course Time Trials proved to be very popular. Some key take home messages to action are:

  • Breakout distance โ€“ make sure you pop up at 10-15 metres. This is critical for all 50-200 metre athletes. Here is a great short video for you to have a look at.

  • Finishes โ€“ always time your finish and do it at speed (never glide in or do a soft finish)

  • Stroke counting โ€“ do this more often. It is really important that you improve your Skill Index. This means, going faster without adding any more strokes = stroke efficiency

  • Train with purpose โ€“ how you do what you do is critical to your long term success. Make sure you understand the goal of each set, and work out (with you coach) the best way to achieve that goal

  • Have courage and encourage your team mates



WHAT STANDARD IS YOUR KICK?


Here are our Kick Test expectations for the Olympic Pathway athletes. Athletes should be working extra hard on their core and leg strength to achieve the highest standard (Olympic โ€“ Level 1) as highlighted in bold:


Test protocol = 10 x 100m kick max effort on 2:30

Gender

Olympic

International

National

Club

Female (LC)

1:19 & faster

1:24 - 1:20

1:34 - 1:25

1:50 - 1:35

Male (LC)

1:14 & faster

1:19 - 1:15

1:29 - 1:20

1:45 - 1:30

Female (SC)

1:14 & faster

1:19 - 1:15

1:29 - 1:20

1:45 - 1:30

Male (SC)

1:09 & faster

1:14 - 1:10

1:24 - 1:15

1:40 - 1:20

Times above are for free & fly kick. For other strokes:

  • Backstroke โ€“ deduct 5 secs from the above times

  • Breaststroke โ€“ add 5 secs to the above times


WORLD RANKINGS


One of the goals of the NAP is to have more athletes graduating to the SNZ Senior Programme with a Top 150 world ranking. To find out what time it took to make the Top 150 for 2021, then google Fina World Rankings and have a play with the filters to get all the rankings across all events.



VIDEOS TO WATCH



  • Coleman Stewart 100 Back โ€“ World SC Record 48.33





  • Kyle Chalmers 100 Free โ€“ World SC Record 44.84







  • Ledecky v Titmus 400 Free Olympic Duel in Tokyo






  • Walsh & Douglass go sub 60 for 100 yards kick






KIWI NUMBER & KICK TEST


Please make sure that you complete the 2 National Tests during February. Results should be added to the relevant blue tabs on your Passport. Coaches will need to email them through to Alastair or Simon.



KEY DIARY DATES

NAP Auckland Camp

12th February - NAP Camp Auckland

NZ Open Water Champs

NZ Champs

National Age Group Champs

Athlete Performance Reviews

NAP 2022 - 2023

NAP 2022 Tri Series Tour


Got any questions?


Contact Alastair


email: alastair@swimming.org.nz

phone: 0210717040

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