After school on Friday we travelled by car up to Sheffield for the GB team inaugural meeting. We stayed in a Premier Inn.
The next morning we had breakfast in the premier inn and then went to AWCC. As always it was very cold. When we arrived everyone including parents were called upstairs to a conference room. Here Ellie (the GB senior team coach) told us about a new plan for the team. It was called Long term athlete development plan or LTAD. Their plan was to create a big profile of each of us and work out what we need to work on to improve. So after the meeting we were split into two groups and tested.
First we were measured. Height and weight. They measured my seated height, standing height and weight. Then we were split into a further two groups and went over to the training boards and did some core exercises. One of the exercises was push ups. We had to do push ups to a metronome at 60 or 1min. So the maximum amount of push ups we could do was 30. I am not very good at push ups so I was a bit nervous. I was struggling at 15 but I pushed on at got a final score of 27 out of 30. This was really hard. We had a few more tests before lunch.
Once lunch was over we finished the tests and exercises and completed some boulders to show what other skills we had. I worked out that I needed to do more heel hooks. After this we went back to the hotel.
The second day started at 10. We had another meeting upstairs with again both teams. They told us how this last day was going to run.
We got split into lead and boulder. I went with the lead team because the bouldering team were waiting for their team meeting. John led the training. He told us he had been watching us warm up and that we were all not good. So he went through a perfect warm up with us. In the middle of this my Dad came to get me as I had forgotten about the bouldering meeting. I rushed upstairs and listened to the rest of the meeting. They said that the results of our profiles and competition results would decide which competitions we go to. There are stages to move up before you can get to world cups.
Next I went into the other room and had my one to one with Ian and Tony.
It was around lunch time so I went to get the lunch from the car. We had an hour to eat before the lead team meeting.
At the meeting we again discussed a plan for the future and the new training and profiling plan just like the bouldering meeting.
Soon after this meeting I had to go to my FMS screening. This was to help the coaches know if we were likely to be injured soon or in the future. This took an hour and I got mainly 2’s out of 3’s so I think I did ok.
By this time we needed to get back to pick up my brothers so we said bye to everyone and made our way home.
Overall the weekend was good and I am psyched to see how the new LTAD will work.