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Twelve campers joined 23 residents at the Olympic Training Center Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 for a week of fitness testing, basic skills, and conditioning games.
With England and Netherlands Women’s 7s just around the corner, Coach Suggitt and staff continued to create a positive, yet intense environment to foster success.
Suggitt commented, “We had some young players that are very raw and we had a couple of very experienced players in this camp. As always we have our eye on the immediate future and then also an eye on post 2016.”
“Looking ahead, London and Amsterdam are going to be two very exciting weeks for all involved. In 7’s it is all about making quality decisions with the possession that you have. There are six teams really in a battle for three spots. I believe we have an opportunity to finish in the top four and qualify for the 2016 Olympics.”
There will be one other camp this season. “We are holding another camp during the first week of June and we will focus on the high school athlete. Again the thought here is to make certain that we are also preparing for post 2016 heading into Dubai and of course the long term and sighting 2020.”
England Women’s 7s will take place May 5-6 followed by Netherlands Women’s 7s May 22-23. These are the final two stops on the 2014-2015 WSWS circuit. Teams finishing in the top four will receive an automatic bid to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The US is currently four points out of fourth place, tied with England for fifth. A strong performance in these final tournaments could very well guarantee the Eagles an Olympic spot.
USA Women's Eagle’s High Performance Campers:
(Phaidra Knight is attempting to make the Women's 7s side, and will report on the team.)