Do you have concerns about trying out for the State Team? If so, read on!
Let’s address a few of those potential worries:
I don’t think I’m a good enough paddler to be on the State Team.
This is not uncommon. Many paddlers underestimate their own abilities and have self-doubts, even at the highest level of competition. However, these concerns are often exaggerated because it is very difficult for an individual to assess how well they paddle. Unlike other team sports, one cannot count the number of goals they made, or how many times they blocked a shot, or how fast they ran compared to everyone else. Chances are you are a better paddler than you realise. So give it a go and try out! If nothing else, you are likely to learn more about paddling and have a great time making new friends.
I’d like to try out, but I’m FIFO / going on a long holiday / I’ll miss a training camp, etc.
You should still give it a go and try out. Unless you are going to miss every training camp, or be on holiday for most of the season, this shouldn’t prohibit you from trying out and potentially being on the State Team. This especially applies to reasonably fit and experienced paddlers, who tend to pick up their technique and fitness quickly after being on a break. Give it a go — try out anyway! If you are selected for the team, there are options available to help you be ready when it comes time to race at the Nationals. Just give it a go.
I’m not sure if I can commit to the dates for the Nationals — I won’t know until my leave gets approved (or some other reason) and that won’t be until after the EOI closes
No one can ‘guarantee’ that they will be available for the Nationals, as unexpected things do happen, such as injuries, new jobs, cash flow issues and a host of other reasons. The question is whether you have best intentions of going to the Nationals — if you intend to do what you can to attend, and you are as committed as you can be in your own personal circumstances, then that is all that is asked of you. The most important thing is to communicate with the coaches so that if your circumstances do change, they can make crew adjustments.
I think I can paddle well enough, but the idea of doing a beep test and/or lifting weights freaks me out! I’m nervous about applying because I’m worried about the benchmarking tests.
Many people feel uncomfortable and concerned about the benchmarking tests the first time they are asked to do them. It’s a normal reaction, because it is outside of one’s comfort zone. You know how to paddle… so why are you being asked to do push ups?! Don’t worry! The push ups and other exercises are just so the coaches can get an idea of where everyone is at with their fitness. The coaches know it is only the start of the season and recognise that people may have been on winter break, or have no experience in the exercises. It’s totally okay! We all have to start somewhere, and the benchmarking gives the coaches the information to help them build and develop the team. So relax — people will help and encourage you during the exercises and it’s actually more fun (yes, fun!) than you would expect it to be.