Coach happy with CAC prep
Barbados men’s hockey head coach Dominic Hill is satisfied with preparations for the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Hill said he was pleased with the progress of the squad ahead of their departure to London next week for a 12-day training tour.
“This squad has been putting in the work on and off the field. We’ve been training three times a week in the gym on top of weekend turf sessions and video review sessions,” he said.
“Every single member of the squad knows what is on the line based on our performance in Colombia.”
Securing a spot in the final at the CAC Games will earn the team a berth to the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in July next year. With so much at stake, the team has organised six matches against strong British clubs, including Indian Gymkhana, Timperly, HWHC, and Southgate.
On non-match days, the squad will be training twice a day in addition to video sessions and team meetings.
The team has begun to adjust their training regime in preparation for competition.
Cary Holder, of Bassa Bassa gym, has been leading the team’s off-field fitness sessions.
“The team training has changed from a strict endurance regime to include independent strength in order to mimic the ebb and flow of a hockey game. From a fitness standpoint, they are just about ready to peak and to benefit from increased fitness levels at competition,” he said.
The team is sponsored by Haliborange locally and there is also international support from Stigix, a custom sports apparel house, which is providing uniforms for the training tour and additional equipment from their Venom hockey stick line.
Leading up to the games, veteran player Akeem Rudder has received
full sponsorship under a two-year contract from international brand Grays through AKPro Canada. Besides receiving top-of-the-line sticks and other equipment, he will become a brand ambassador for the sponsors throughout training and competitions over the next two years. (PR)