Future champions selected for tough boot camp

Motorcycle WA development officer Peter Smith with Daniel Wilson and Jack Smith taking part in the training program.
Motorcycle WA development officer Peter Smith with Daniel Wilson and Jack Smith taking part in the training program.

The camp is designed as a selection process, with riders who do well recommended for future Australian Institute of Sport training camps, which target riders competing on a national scale.

The three-day Junior Elite Rider Training (Jet) camp was held at Hillarys’ Ern Halliday Recreation Camp for 12 riders, aged 15 to 17, from the disciplines motocross, speedway, road racing and enduro.

Motorcycling WA development officer Peter Smith said the camp focused only on off-bike activities that would improve participants as riders, as well as fitness, mentality and attitude. Participants had to apply to attend the camp and were selected by a coaching committee.

‘We looked at the sport and worked out who had the potential to become at least an Australian champion and possibly a world champion and now we’ll fill in the gaps and give them the information they might not think about,’ Mr Smith said.

He said the camp involved boot camp-style exercise, outdoor challenges like rock climbing and seminars hosted by specialist lecturers including diet and sports nutrition.