Check out what are we offering in 2016 regarding training camps for teams, clubs and individual paddlers. Teams and clubs from New Zealand, Italy, Latvia, Croatia and Israel have already confirmed their arrival.
This is our 2016 Training Camp offer: Come and train with us – Training in Paradise
The canoe club Koninklijke Sobeka from Zwevegem (BEL) with almost 40 athletes was having their annual 10 day camp on lake Bohinj early August this year with us. Tom Cremers marathon paddler and coach had this to say after the camp:
”Training in Paradise lived up to the expectations. Lake Bohinj proved to be a fantastic lake to train on with phenomenal surroundings and very frinedly and helpfull people.
Our group of over 40people loved every minute of it. Training there was fantastic and will fore sure help me get a great result at the marathon Worlds. Thanks again for all the help”
Training in Paradise area seems like the place to be these days. Despite some rain the lakes were buzzing with boats this morning:
- a big part of the New Zealand rowing team is training on lake Bohinj and some of the crews were smashing race pace pieces today…
- world and olympic champ Lisa Carrington and Marty McDowell were doing a longer endurance session
- Špela Ponomarenko Janić (SLO), Martina Kohlova and Ivana Kmetova (both SVK) were going hard too
- the canoe club Koninklijke Sobeka from Zwevegem (BEL) with almost 40 athletes is having their annual camp on lake Bohinj
- a development fun camp for kids run by the Slovenian canoe federation with almost 100 participants is also taking place on lake Bohinj
- the New Zealand WK4 girls were out in the K4 again on lake Bled today, going hard and probably loud;-)
The new Zealand kayak squad just arrived to lake Bled for their final preparation camp for the Milan World Championships. The team is composed of Lisa Carrington (World and Olympic champion), Marty McDowell (bronze in K1 500m at the first world cup race of the season) and the WK4 of Aimee Fisher, Caitlin Ryan, Jaimee Lovett and Kayla Imrie (winners of the K4 500 at the first world cup race of the season), plus the coaches Gordon Walker and Rene Olsen.
They are staying here for a good 3 weeks, polishing their form for the World champs and Olympic qualifier in Milan. They will be based by lake Bled, mostly using the Olympic center and Bled’s rowing course, occasionally switching to the course on lake Bohinj. Our new electricity powered coaching catamaran was ready just in time for their arrival.
”From the past (part I) : It is almost 80 years since the first marathon canoe race on Lake Bohinj. On 5th July 1936 a first ever race in Slovenia was held as selection race for Berlin Olympic Games. The winner on 10.000 meters course with four turns, was Deutschman (KK Ljubljana) who covered the course in 62 minutes. In doubles the winner were Gaberšek – Šavnik (KK Ljubljana) in 55 minutes 10 seconds.” (Darko Logar)
We had the pleasure to host Marin Millar from wildwater kayak team USA in the past days for a couple of technique sessions. Marin has trained on lakes Bled and Most na Soči with us for the last fixes before racing the wild water world cup the coming weekend on the river Soča. Good luck Marin – keep your strokes long and strong!
Head coach of NZ canoeing team Gordon Walker visited us today at lake Bled. He seemed very satisfied about the set up we are preparing for the NZ squad. We have visited with him the apartments, the course, the Olympic training center and the restaurant where the team will eat in summer before the Milan World Championships. It is going to be an exciting summer in Paradise. #Rio2016
The Finish team has visited us for a spring camp 2 years ago. And now they are back, bigger and stronger then ever. Visiting for a 2 week training camp as a build up for the upcoming European Championship in Račice (Czech Republic). Great to have these guys and their coaches around!
If they are back it means we are doing something right and they feel good here.
God luck at the Europeans team FIN!
Anne Rikala, world champs medalist and Olympian, visited us 2 years ago as an athlete for some good spring training…this time she is visiting as a mum with her little baby Leo who just got 1 month old. Just enjoying the place and supporting the team! With mum and dad both being paddlers and visiting Training in Paradise at such a young age, little Leo will have no choice but to become a fast paddler too!
Kayak team Finland coach Susanne Gunnarsson (former world and olympic champion in kayaking) is in Training Paradise at the moment preparing the Finish team for the coming European championships, but is also taking care of her young Swedish protégée Julia Langerstam. Good luck ladies and thanks for visiting!
Training in Paradise stuff was in Mantova this weekend for the annual international race. We couldn’t resist not to ask these 4 legends of Italian and world canoeing to pose for us. From left to right:
(4th in K4 at the Munich Olympics)
(1995 double world champion and 1996 Olympic champ in K2)
(long time Italian canoe team member)
(1974 K1 10.000m world champion and coach of such legends as Antonio Rossi, Beniamino Bonomi, Daniele Scarpa, Andrea Facchin and Antonio Scaduto)
After the C1 guys from the Latvian team, Mikko Karppinen arrived to lake Bled. A Finn living in Swizzerland flew in with his wife for a 4 day coaching clinic. A lot of positive impressions for us and for Mikko.
Not blessed with perfect weather during his visit we nevertheless worked on technique, stability, mobility, did some efficiency testing and planned his coming season in detail!
BBC Travel mentioned one of our lakes today:
” #FridayFeature! Craving a little getaway this weekend? Check out the waters in Most na Soci, #Slovenia! Not only does the area have gorgeous views like this, but it also ranks as one of the most important prehistoric settlements in #Europe. Thanks @hecktictravels for sharing using #bbctravel and #LoveTheWorld! ”
Aivis Tints and Gatis Pranks of the Latvian C2 are our second visitors for a training camp this year. On the picture here before their first session today! These guys look strong!
Mr. Yasuhiro Suzuki from Japan. Happy faces in Training in Paradise. Taken on the 20km flatwater race on lake Bohinj today. Yasuhiro is back in TiP after 2 years. Nothing make us more happy than guests who come back!
#wassabi #comeback #goodbloke
Nicole Rutishauser from Swizerland and Miika Dietrich from Finland are training with us at the moment on lake Most na Soči.
Nicole is here training with Slovenian national team member Anja Osterman to get ready for the Canoe Sprint World Cup #2 in Czech Republic.
While Miika is training here between the World Cups #1 and #2 in order not to have to go back home to Finland where it is still pretty cold. Follow Miika’s blog in Finnish here.
For both of them it is not the first time here and we are particulary proud that paddlers like to return to our esmerald river Soča!
Miika Dietrich above lake Bled.