Race Training


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Race Squad Training

The Race Training Squad currently trains on Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm to 10:30pm and Sunday mornings, 9am to 12pm under the guidance of Shane O'Connor with a coaching squad that includes Stephen O'Hara and Brian Byrne.

The Race Training Squad caters for those wishing to further develop their racing skills and are interested in commiting to an intensive training program.

Training sessions are divided into 2 areas:

1. Ski Training
Working towards more complex aspects of skiing such as weight distribution in the turn, loading the ski, hip and knee angulation, etc. but can include some basic exercises where necessary. In addition a large amount of time is spent working in slalom courses (on Sunday mornings).

2. Fitness Training
Comprises of activities such as dynamic warm-ups, anaerobic fitness, and speed training. Also includes regular fitness testing. Fitness training sessions vary from anything between 30 and 60 minutes.

All prospective trainees must undergo an assessment before being accepted into the race training sqaud. As part of the assessment all prospective trainees will be required to demonstrate good ability to carve slalom turns at speed from the top of the slope. In addition he/she will be comfortable performing drills at speed and will exhibit good balance and co-ordination.

Race training is only open to Ski Club Season Ticket Holders and all prospective trainees will be required to commit to the fitness training and fitness testing.


Development Squad Training
Development squad training currently runs on Wednesdays and Sundays alongside Race Squad training, coached by Tony McGuiness under the direction of Shane O'Connor. This training session caters for juniors aged 11 years old and upwards who are looking to further develop their skills towards joining the race training squad. Prospective trainees should have the ability to ski from the top of the slope and should be comfortable skiing at speed.

The development training sessions focus on improving basic technique in progression to carving parallel turns. Over time trainees may graduate to the Race Training Squad (dependant on assessment).

Development Squad Training is only available to Season Ticket Holders. For more information please call the office on 01 2955658.

Children's Race Training
Children's race training currently runs on a Saturday morning under the guidance of Ciaran Columb. This race training session caters for children aged 7 - 10 years old. Prospective trainees need to have the ability to ski from the top of the slope and should be comfortable skiing at speed.

The Children's Race Training sessions focus on improving basic technique, progression from snowplough to parallel skiing (including carving) introduction to slalom training and racing. Over time trainees will graduate to either the Development Squad or the Race Training Squad.

Children's race training is only available to Season Ticket Holders. For more information please call the Ski Club office on 01 2955658.


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