On Monday evening June 22nd NENSA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard will partner to host the first virtual Regional Elite Group (REG) camp for 34 athletes from the Eastern region. The concept of a virtual camp experience was born from necessity as our current health crisis does not allow for groups to safely gather. Although we would all rather be able to host an in person camp – the reality of a virtual camp allows the broader New England (and beyond) community to see what a REG camp entails, both through shared training plans and standardized testing. Many clubs will participate alongside their nominated athletes and anyone can gain access to the training plan and testing by signing up for NENSA’s #JuneTerm event.
Athletes were invited to the camp based on NENSA Elite and Development Team criteria, Junior National ranking and nomination by the Mid-Atlantic division. Throughout six days of training these athletes will be coached by US Ski Team staff, Ski Team athlete alums as well as regional club leaders. Training and testing will be introduced via prerecorded video and interactive conference calls.
Male Participants: Aidan Burt, Brian Bushey, Caden Cote, Clint Macy, Fin Bailey, Finn Sweet, Isaac Freitas-Eagan, Jack Christner, Jack Lange, Jack Young, Linden Niedeck, Luke Streinz, Quinn Wilson, Sam Murray, Trey Jones
Female Participants: Amelia Tucker, Ava Thurston, Callie Young, Camille Bolduc, Elsa Bolinger, Emma Strack, Emma Charles, Evelyn Walton, Maggie McGee, Mica Bodkins, Nina Seemann, Phoebe Sweet, Quincy Massey-Bierman, Sammie Nolan, Shea Brams, Sofia Scirica, Hattie Barker, Rose Clayton and Sophia Kelting.
Success in this distanced environment requires self reliance and creativity – both themes that will be conveyed to the athletes – and that were essential to create the framework in which regional leaders came together to create national standardized testing. Athletes will be challenged with a 3000 meter running test (ideally on a track), a 1000 meter SkiErg test and the Canadian Strength Test protocol. These metrics along with individual placement on the National Ranking List will allow for comparison among athletes throughout the United States. It also creates the potential for advancement to further U.S. Ski Team camps – namely the National Elite Group (NEG) which typically attends a camp in the fall alongside the National Training Group (NTG) and members of the U.S. Ski Team.
Stay tuned for updates about REG and the final week or #JuneTerm. NENSA is proud of our athletes achievements and is dedicated to furthering their potential. Despite the challenges we all face we are determined to meet this challenge and come back to the new normal stronger than ever!