CSA’s High Performance Plan has undergone a complete revamp over the last year, electing to focus on greater inclusiveness and building the base of the paddling talent pyramid. Furthermore, CSA’s high performance function has been separated from the elite sprint squad to include paddlers from all disciplines. While the sprinters will still be in the high performance group, Surfski and Marathon paddlers will also attend camps in a bid to increase the body of knowledge from a sports science perspective.
From the sprinting perspective, however, CSA and SSISA (Sport Science Institute of South Africa) have been hard at work to provide the following important information detailing what it takes to be a top sprinter on a national and international basis.
CSA has collated the Nagle dam sprint averages over the years over the different distances.
CSA has also put together a spread sheet which will offer hopeful sprinters an idea of the times that are being achieved internationally at World Champs and World Cups in A and B finals. This, along with the Nagle Dam averages (also included), will give athletes an idea of the benchmark times they need to aim for and achieve on the fast Nagle Dam sprint course if they would like to be competitive at an international level.
With the help of SSISA, CSA has established testing norms over the past four years:
Greg van Heerden attended a talk at the IV Coaches Congress in Spain by Alexander Nikonorov who is the coach of the British 200m team, and Ed Mckeever who took Gold in London. The presentation outlined his ideas on 200m coaching and how he went about it – great info for coaches and athletes who want to know what it takes to be the fastest person over 200m. Download HERE.
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