Having arrived in Chile it was great to see the athletes and hear how they had been performing. The set up in Chile was in comfortbale surroundings and a partnership was completed for an exceptional centre on hand. Having arrived and taken the athletes through 3 hard days, it had become evident that the athletes had been experiencing difficulties acclimatising, particularly due to the different locations visited in such short periods of time. Whilst their last sessions in Chile still had the intensity of match play the load was reduced to allow for the travelling to Argentina.
Flying to Buenos Aries proved to be a challenge for the athletes rising at 4am and sleeping that night at 11pm. The day was filled with excitement and interesting scenarios that only arise during travel experiences, and thus provide the stories we will be talking about for years to come. This combined with the unforeseen weather circumstances has seen the load reduced in order to compensate. This has proven to work in our favour with the athletes now regaining more hunger which will certainly be required in the preparation days to come.
Having visited the 'Vilas Racquet Club' has also lifted the athletes and we're all excited to make use of this 5 star facility. I'm looking forward to see how everyone performs as individuals and rises to the occassion of international competition.
Special mention should go out to Woodsy who has ventured home now, and should be pleased with his performance whilst over here (even if he voluntarily provided his manjar to New Zealend authorities).
Nathan Parnham (BExSc., DipEd)