- Activities to Attract Athletes to Training Camp Sites 2016/06/24
Inspections in Oyama of Swimming Australia (May 2016)
The three of Swimming Australia, Wayne Lomas (the general manager), Jacco Verhaeren (the national head coach), and Wakako Campese (the team manager), examined Tochigi Prefectural Heated Indoor Pool / Aqua Facility, and others in Oyama on May 25, 2016.
This opportunity was made possible due to a courtesy call on the federation in Melbourne planned by the Oyama delegation to Cairns and Melbourne consisting of Toshio Okubo, the mayor of Oyama, Ryohei Seki, the city counsil chairman of Oyama, and others in last October. And they carried out this inspection to select their training locations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The mayor actively promoted the good swimming facility, an excellent access away from Tokyo (approximately 40 min. by the shinkansen bullet train), and sport environments which produced Kosuke Hagino in the Japanese national swimming team. Then they spoke highly of Oyama due to rich natural environment.
By the way, they visited not only Oyama, but also Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture, Kobe in Hyogo prefecture, and Nagaoka in Niigata prefecture, during this stay in Japan. And they are going to choose a training location from the four cities within this year.
Oyama is a suitable city for athletes to give them lower stress regarding transfer to Tokyo. We hope that they choose Oyama, and that interaction between the athletes and the local residents make the relationships of Oyama and Australia closer.