By Andy Keller – CXC Development Coach
Wow! This summer has been flying by with all the camps and programs we have had going on in the past month and a half. It has been really exciting to see and be a part of the growth that is happening right now in the Midwest. Just in our June camps alone, we have had the most junior athletes involved in week long camps ever. What is probably more exciting is that most of those athletes are below the age of 15. The future is bright!
Immediately after the June Junior Camp, I was able to be the representative for our Community Olympic Development Program at the National Coaching Conference out in Washington, DC. This is the second year I have had such an opportunity and I am excited to bring the information I learned out there from the presenters back to the Midwest. It was my first time ever being in our nation’s capital and I was fortunate to find time in between the conference schedule to get out and see the sights. The other CODP representatives and I rented bikes and rode around the mall late at night. I really enjoyed meeting and sharing ideas with the other CODP representatives that are involved in such different sports like Judo and Diving.
After getting back from the conference I jumped right back into the swing of things and began preparing for the upcoming Regional Elite Group camp. This year I have been put in the driver’s seat of organizing and running most of the camp taking place at Lake Owen Resort. Most of the time was filled with mowing the courses at Telemark for the running race and double checking lodging and food plans arraignments.
Now, as I sit at Lake Owen Resort, halfway through our training, I have to say the camp has been going very well. We have seen great performances out of all the athletes in the testing portion of camp and it is obvious to see the amount of hard work these kids are putting in. When I think back to only a few years ago, as a region we struggled to get the kids that qualified to the camps to attend. It is refreshing to see such a large, motivated group coming up out of the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Next up is our July Junior Camp which is taking place here in Seely, WI!