21st Mar 2021
ASA Selection attending High Altitude Training Camp
Earlier on this morning, Mya Azzopardi established a National Record in 200m Freestyle event during the International Turkcell competition hosted by the Turkish Swimming Federation. Azzopardi registered a time of 2:06.48, improving her own record of 2:06.76 established in Kazan, Russia during the LEN European Junior Championships in 2019.
High Altitude Training Camp
In the meantime, ten national team swimmers are currently attending a high altitude training camp in Erzurum, Turkey, which is being held between the 17th March and the 6th of April
Led by National Swimming Coach Artem Goncharenko and assisted by physiotherapists from the Physical & Sports Medicine Centre (PSMC) the athletes are based in an accomodation at an altitude of 2500m whilst training at an altitude of 1800m.
“Currently swimmers are undertaking what is called a “live high and train low” model. These kind of training camps are highly scientific and the main purpose of such training programme is to enable swimmers increase their aerobic capacity” explained Artem Goncharenko, National Team Coach.
Their training, which is in preparation for the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe in Malta consists of a mix of daily land, gym and pool training sessions.
The Maltese contingent at the training camp is made up of Luke Ellul Sullivan, Maya Galea, Sasha Gatt, Emily Grech Carr, Andrea Mallia, Amy Micallef, Michela Portelli, Rudi Spiteri, Sean Wareing and Thomas Wareing.