Camp continues Diamonds’ World Cup preparations

_MCA0432LiThe Australian Diamonds’ preparations for this year’s Netball World Cup 2015 SYDNEY will step up another gear this week when the squad descends on Sydney for a training camp.

With the Netball World Cup 2015 SYDNEY looming on the horizon in August, this five-day camp is a crucial part of the Diamonds’ campaign as the team looks to defend its world championship crown in August.

The reigning Commonwealth Games gold medalists are looking to become the first country to win back-to-back Commonwealth Games and Netball World Cup titles since Australia achieved the feat in 1998/1999.

Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said the aim of the camp is to simulate as close as possible what the team can expect to encounter over the 10 days of the Netball World Cup, being played between 7-16 August.

“We’ll be simulating every little detail as closely as possible to the conditions that we will have to cope with in August,” Alexander said.

“From when we eat, how we go about our recovery both individually and as a team, how we train and prepare for our matches and just playing good old fashioned netball.

_MCA1278Li“We believe our simulation worked very well for us leading into the Commonwealth Games last year.

“We get the advantage of being in Sydney, of staying in the hotel that we’re going to be based in for the Netball World Cup. So we get to see very clearly what it’s going to be like for us at a home World Cup.

“We know that there’s an extra responsibility on us as the host nation to make this the best Netball World Cup ever.”

The Diamonds will train at the newly-opened $35 million Netball Central inside Sydney Olympic Park, one of the venues being used for the Netball World Cup 2015 SYDNEY.

“It’s fantastic that Netball NSW have opened the doors to allow the Diamonds to use this wonderful state-of-the art venue,” Alexander said.

“We’re also extremely grateful to the New South Wales Institute of Sport for giving us the use of their recovery facilities and gymnasium while we’re in camp.”

Alexander said she expects competition for spots in her final Netball World Cup team to be as intense as ever.

“It’s up to the athletes to continue their improvement that they are already showing,” Alexander said.

Australia will name its team for the Netball World Cup 2015 SYDNEY in June following the 2015 ANZ Championship.