GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The RTC has created a full service program that aims to bridge the gap between 13-15 FINA aged club athletes, and Senior Centre of Excellence athletes. With a focus on low coach-to-athlete ratios, integrated sport science and sport medicine providers, a world-class training venue and the top coaches/experts within the daily training environment, the RTC aims to produce some of the best synchronized swimmers in the country.
The Regional Training Centre – Ontario is a Junior aged (15-18) focused program for high performance synchronized swimmers in Ontario. This program is designed to provide “wrap around” and “full service” programming to elite athletes in our sport. The main program objective is to raise the bar for synchronized swimming in Canada.
The training generally consists of 5-6 days per week and 24-28 hours per week of programming. Athletes receive individual technical training (figure skills), basic skill training, speed swimming technique/speed/endurance training, strength and conditioning training, bio-mechanic analysis, flexibility, acrobatics training (provided by Dive Ontario), routine training (team, duet & solo events this season), as well as physiotherapy and medical services provided on site. Athletes have full access to the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario training facility, as well as to the recovery equipment and full kitchen.
Athletes utilize the world-class facility at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in their daily training and are supported by varying experts throughout their workweek. The main goal of the Regional Training Centre – Ontario is to increase the level of synchronized swimming in Canada with an overall outcome of higher ranking and podium finishes on the international stage. The RTC has the goal of creating “whole” athletes that can make the transition to the Centre of Excellence with ease and high success rates. By using experts within the daily training environment (DTE) and by following the monitoring results as well as the Gold Medal Profile, athletes can have specific training plans to address their gaps, as well as group plans to address any gaps in the program. The RTC also aims to have low injury rates and by including physiotherapy as a high priority in the DTE, we have achieved notable numbers this season with goals for better ones in the following training year.