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Elite Performance Academy Squad Put To The Test Over The Weekend

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Sixteen of Australia‰Ûªs best young riders had their first taste of life as a professional athlete on the opening day of the 2015 Motorcycling Australia Elite Performance Academy (EPA) on the Gold Coast on Friday.

After arriving into camp on Thursday evening, the EPA squad were put through their paces at the AIS Training Facility at Pizzey Park with an intensive day of physical testing and psychological profiling.

The squad also completed a recovery session in the AIS ice baths, before engaging in a wide-ranging panel discussion with EPA mentors and three-time World Speedway champion Jason Crump.

Crump said the lessons learned at the EPA camp would give the next crop of Australian riders the best chance to succeed on the international stage.

‰ÛÏMy role (in the camp) was just to be an advisor and pass on some of the experience that I have gained from 20-odd years of racing from all over the world,‰Û
Members of the 2015 MA Elite Performance Academy make their way up a strenuous hill climb on Day 2 of the EPA camp on the Gold Coast on Saturday
A multifaceted day of training greeted squad members of the 2015 Motorcycling Australia Elite Performance Academy during day two on Saturday.

Strength training, beach recovery, decision-making activities and even an impromptu on-track Go Kart racing session were the order of the day as the EPA squad were again pushed to their physical and mental limits on the Gold Coast.

EPA Sports Psychologist Jacqui Louder, who has led a range of psychological tests over the past two days, said she had been impressed with the squad‰Ûªs application to the mental aspect of the camp.

‰ÛÏMy role prior to coming to the camp was to profile all our athletes, and our hope by profiling them all is that we get a much better insight into how they cope under pressure, different stress conditions and what their personalities are like,‰Û

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