|Trackspeed1-UK's squad in Florida this year including strength|
and conditioning assistant, Mark Stanton (far right), and top
British physiotherapist Dr John Allen (second from left)
It will have been the eighteenth annual training camp John Powell will have led in the US, some of the earlier years having been based at the Disney facility (now run by ESPN) near Orlando.
"The National Training Center (NTC) offers everything we could wish for," said John. "It has been very popular this year with British, German and Canadian national teams also working out there, along with a number of independent groups, not least local American Olympians and internationals.
"Sessions are always very well coordinated though, and shared usage of the outstanding weight room and cardio facilities, never mind the track, is always very well organised. Generally speaking I don't like crowded tracks, but here it simply isn't a problem, we are always well looked after."
|Trackspeed1-UK athletes in training at Clermont (above & below)|
under the watchful eye of John Powell
An added bonus for two of Trackspeed1-UK's number was a blocks session this week under the watchful eye of leading US sprints coach, Lance Brauman, and amid his world class squad of athletes. David Bolarinwa and Cameron Starr gave more than a good account of themselves against some of the best.
"I have no qualms with athletes dipping into another coach's session like that," said John who eagerly scrutinised the session himself. "In fact giving up an opportunity to work with a group like that would be positively criminal - and in any case, another set of coaching eyes is always welcome at this stage."
|Top American sprints coach Lance Brauman supervises|
as David Bolarinwa gets set to impress (above),
while Cameron Starr gets some one-on-one attention (below)
Early competitions for Trackspeed1-UK back on UK soil will feature the County Championships in 10 days' time, the Loughborough International, and other local invitation meetings.