Swimming sensation Kyle Chalmers fit and ready to fire after Threadbo training camp
Olympic swimming champion Kyle Chalmers has returned to full health after an 11-day training camp at Thredbo where his squad played golf and hiked up Mount Kosciuszko between pool sessions.
A joint SASI and SA high performance team of 10 athletes headed by the 100m freestyle gold medallist returned to Adelaide on the weekend to put the finishing touches to their preparations for the national championships in Brisbane next month.
Chalmers, 18, missed the first two days of the NSW state titles this month after getting sick in the lead-up.
But he recovered to swim the 50m freestyle where he went within 0.1 of his PB and clocked 48.5 secs in the first leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay.
“So we’re pretty happy with that, considering most the week he wasn’t overly healthy,” his coach Peter Bishop said.
“We probably could have raced him on the Saturday if he had some smaller events but he only had the 200m freestyle and he wouldn’t have been healthy enough to really max out a couple of 200s.
“So it was better we got him healthy for the camp and he’s responded really well.”
Bishop said Chalmers had done everything and more at the training camp, which was as much about mentally freshening up as it was making physical improvements.
Kyle Chalmers and Travis Mahoney celebrate basketballer Russell Westbrook’s 32nd triple-double of the NBA season at Mount Kosciuszko while on training camp before the national championships. Picture: Supplied.
“It’s a beautiful part of the world, it’s quiet, easy for the guys to focus and we go on great walks,” Bishop said.
“It’s definitely more challenging than being at sea level, it’s not technically high enough to do traditional altitude training but certainly it challenges the guys and we know it’s not too high that it will cause major issues.
“When you’re back home we’ve all got lots of other things to do in life where as here we don’t use the car, we walk to the pool, the gym is there, we have access to basketball courts, table tennis, trampolines.
“So it’s really good cross training as well getting some quality swimming in.”
Bishop’s squad has been bolstered this year by the addition of Travis Mahoney who moved to Adelaide from Melbourne.
Mahoney, 26, made the 400m IM final at the Rio Olympics last year and is setting an example for his younger teammates in Adelaide.
The national swimming championships will be held in Brisbane from April 9-13 and serve as selection trials for the FINA world championships in Budapest in July.