EYOF Preparation and Training Weekend
a Great Success
13 January 2005
build-up to the European Youth Olympic Festival began last weekend
at UL in Limerick with the Olympic Council of Ireland EYOF 3-day
Preparation and Training Weekend. Approximately 50 athletes from a
range of sports including 18 from athletics, swimming, cycling and
canoeing joined together for a weekend of preparation for the games.
most of the athletes present the European Youth Olympic Festival
will be their first major competition. This is where they will
embark on the journey from underage to senior international
competition - EYOF hopefully the first of a long and successful
career of major competitions.
purpose of the weekend was to introduce a number of different
principles in preparation for major competition to the athletes and
to help the athletes become familiar with Team Management and their
team mates. The programme of events included a team talk on dealing
with the heat in Lignano by Giles Warrington - NCTC; a presentation
on injury prevention and awareness by Johnson McEvoy - Athens
Olympic Physiotherapist, and a presentation by experienced athlete
and twice Olympian Gary Ryan on dealing with the major competition
environment and preparing for competition.
weekend was a fantastic success and the OCI staff especially chef de
mission Martin Burke and the AAI Management present, Breda Synott,
Carmel Kelly, and Matt Lynch must be thanked for making the weekend
such a success.