Dominique Armand training with her New Caledonia teammates at Sportz Central yesterday. The New Caledonia squad is in Coffs Harbour this week for a training camp ahead of the Pacific Games.
Dominique Armand training with her New Caledonia teammates at Sportz Central yesterday. The New Caledonia squad is in Coffs Harbour this week for a training camp ahead of the Pacific Games. Bruce Thomas

Hard slog hoped to bring success

IT’S been a long week of hard work in Coffs Harbour for the New Caledonian women’s basketball team, but that’s the point.

As Thierry Durand, who is treasurer of the New Caledonia Basketball Federation said, the hard work is the whole point of the exercise.

“They must be tired, otherwise it’s a waste of money,” Durand said.

The women’s team has been practising for six hours a day, as well as playing matches against local representative teams in preparation for next month’s Pacific Games.

New Caledonia is the host nation for the event, which, like the Olympics, is held once every four years.

There will be more than 5500 athletes competing at the Games in 27 sports.

And, just like the Olympics, the host country wants to win as many medals as possible, hence the training camp away from home this week.

The squad has also worked on its fitness at the Coffs Coast Health Club, with a specifically designed fitness circuit, as well as enjoying some discounts at AMart All Sports.

Durand says the intense training sessions this week have brought about a rapid improvement in the squad, with a concentration on defensive fundamentals a large focus.

“We’ve worked on our defence because if we’re very good defensively then we can go on to win some games,” he said.



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