Hockey talent coming to Mount Gambier
Posted on September 29, 2008, 5:05pm
The best young female hockey players from South Australia and Victoria are coming to Mount Gambier for a high intensity training camp.
The players, from the South Australian and Victorian sports institutes, will be in the region from October 10-12 as Mount Gambier had recently become a regional high performance centre for both SASI and VIS hockey.
VIS coach Toni Cumpston said attending the camp was an important step the young players needed to take.
“What we’re trying to replicate is a national training camp,” Cumpston said.
“We’re both bringing extra staff with us to make sure the girls learn everything they can about becoming an elite sports person.”
Both Butcher and Cumpston have been involved with Australian hockey at Olympic level and were part of the Beijing Olympics men’s and women’s hockey squads.
Cumpston, who has been an assistant coach of the national women’s side at the past two Olympics, said watching the best sides in the world at the highest level was “an amazing experience”.
“We were both fortunate to be involved with the teams as they prepared for and then played at the Olympics,” Cumpston said.
“To be part of an Australian team at the Olympics is a huge honour.
“It’s a great thing to be involved in and we’re trying to get our athletes to that level.”
At the Beijing Olympics, the Australian women finished fifth and the men came home with bronze medals and Cumpston said the intensity and professionalism of the national sides were what the young players needed to work on to make it to the highest level.
“Our players need to understand that the intensity of the competition is the biggest difference between our girls and the international athletes,” Cumpston said.