December 17, 2019
Talent Team Works in Malta
In Malta, 22 athletes from St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, Moscow, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar and Azov are collecting. The participants are young yachtsmen of 10–13 years old (born in 2006–2009), members of the experimental team of the Optimist class Yacht Association.
© Denis Razumovich
Recruitment in the experimental group was held on a common basis and was formed on the basis of medical tests and sports achievements.
When forming the team composition, unique scientific methods were applied. Before enrolling in the group, all athletes underwent scientific and methodological studies at the Federal State Budgetary Institution SPbNIIFC. According to team leader Vadim Mechanikov, such an integrated approach to breeding in children and youth sailing was applied for the first time in 10 years.
“Tests are needed in order to better know the characteristics of athletes related to psychology, physiology, physical fitness, emotional level, stress resistance,” says Vadim Mechanikov. – We investigated many factors that affect the race. Knowing the characteristics of each athlete, we can adjust the training process, develop an individual approach and work to eliminate weaknesses. This is a great assistant in our work and a unique story for the youth classes. "
The collection in Malta began on December 14 and will last until December 18. After that, the riders will take part in the prestigious international regatta Euromed (December 19 – 23). Invited trainers work with the experimental team athletes – foreign specialist David Lambruchi (8 Days a Week school) and the famous Russian yachtsman and trainer Anna Basalkina. As part of the gathering, athletes work on the strategy and tactics of races, forecasting the racing situation, increasing the speed characteristics of the yacht, improving the technical elements and physical preparation. Training takes place both on the water and in the gym, as well as in the format of seminars and tactical briefings.
“The philosophy of the experimental team is to intensify the training of athletes in various areas, including physical, special, technical and psychological training,” continues Vadim Mechanikov. – We set ourselves the task of achieving results at a younger age so that trained athletes transfer to international classes. Accordingly, in the future they will be able to quickly show high results in the Olympic classes. The jerk should go from below. We want to lay a foundation that will allow athletes to better prepare for the transition to other classes. This applies to physical, psychological and technical training. In the future, the youth team and sailing schools in which children will be engaged will have to continue this line of intensification, and then, quite possibly, this experience will be useful at the level of the Russian team as well. ”
Press Service of the Optimist Class Yacht Association
152 December 17, 2019 # 9769