Aussies Get Acclimatized In Nagaoka Ahead Of Pan Pacs

In 2014, Australia hosted the Pan Pacific Championships, but this time around the green and gold Dolphins are headed for an away meet in Tokyo, Japan. Before that, however, they’re acclimatizing to the near daily 40 degree celsius (104 farenheit) in Nagaoka.

Upon arriving in Japan this week for one of four training camps over of the next three years, the Australian athletes were met with adoring fans who were excited to get the stars’ autographs. 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers was among the most popular with the Japanese aspiring swimmers.

“It’s amazing really…quite unexpected but it’s great to see their enthusiasm,” said Chalmers. “Anything we can do to inspire the next generation of swimmers here is important for Nagaoka’s future.”

National Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren and Swimming Australia’s Chief Commercial Officer Chris Forbes took a break from the pool to attend an official Mayoral welcome at the Nagaoka Council Chambers.

Excited about the partnership between Swimming Australia and Nagaoka, Verharen said, “These are really first class facilities and we are delighted to be in Nagaoka and to have the use of these amazing pools as we prepare for the Pan Pacific Championships.

“To know that we will be coming here next year before the World Championships in Korea and again, importantly before the Olympics in 2020 is a very important part of our preparations.

“I know our team is very happy here and to have such a warm welcome every day is amazing.”

The Aussie squad will remain in Nagaoka until August 6th when they depart for Tokyo.

You can read about the original announcement of Swimming Australia’s partnership with Nakaoka here.

Video courtesy of Swimming Australia.

 

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Snarky

Just say no to the Stilnox!

KeithM

No time zone transition issues this year, next year, or in 2020.

Verram

The only “time issue” is that the Olympic swimming finals will be run to suit American audiences and not local Japanese times .. so swimmers will have to swim finals when they wake up thanks to NBC dollars

Maelstrom

that’s the proposal, its not finalised yet. most of japan voted for swimming as their most anticipated sport at the games, as they have gold medal chances in hagino, watanabe and ikee. hopefully the locals push for the session times to be at a reasonable time for the athletes.

Verram

If Beijing and Rio are any indication as a precedent than I don’t think anyone can argue against NBC and ther massiver IOC payments

KeithM

It didn’t happen in London, finals weren’t in “prime time,” yet NBC still managed record breaking ratings, unmatched still, so it’s a bit senseless. The organizing commitee is putting up resistance to the IOC that FINA didn’t. There’s been a delay so maybe it’s not all lost yet.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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