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Posted by Equestrian Australia on 06/02/2024.
Above: Session discussing values and behaviours

AIS Camp for National Para Squad

Equestrian Australia's High Performance Para Squad off-horse training was held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last week and was a valuable opportunity for our Para athletes to get together for some training and team building activities. 

The camp brought together the National Para-Dressage Squad for training sessions, education workshops and interactive development activities.

From all accounts this was a wonderful experience for our athletes, who as well as finding out more about the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games, were able to learn from Paralympians in other disciplines as well as from passionate professionals who specialise in this field.  

Nick Hunter, Equestrian Australia's Para-Equestrian High Performance Lead said, "The AIS camp was an excellent opportunity for the National Squad to get together to focus on Paris Paralympic Games preparation away from the competition arena. This included great work in developing the values and standards that the athletes will carry forward through the Games Nomination process and, eventually, to the Paralympic Team.”

 Above: Competitive team building exercise.

Above: Theoretical session on recovery with AIS REST Hub Lead Peta Maloney.

Above: Practical recovery session – heated area.

Above: French themed dress for dinner – preparation for Paris.

Above: Finalists for fancy dress left to right, Kate Nipperess, Lisa Martin, Di Barnes and winner Darcy Macaulay.

Above: Victorian based athletes heading home.

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