The Australian College of Physical Education has become a home base for Sydney Thunder’s BBL and WBBL sides this season.
Located in Sydney Olympic Park just walking distance from Spotless Stadium and with state of the art facilities, the college is the ideal place for players and support staff to work, rest and recover.
Strength and Conditioning Coach for the men’s team Dean McNamara said access to world-class high-performance equipment is vital to the success of the side.
“Basically my job is to make sure all the guys are fit and healthy, ready to go and performing at their best,” said McNamara.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to be located at ACPE and use their gym and performance kitchens. It’s so conveniently located next to Spotless Stadium which is our home ground so the boys love it here.”
A key part of McNamara’s role is ensuring injured and non-playing players are on the same schedule and workload as the playing group.
“There’s nowhere to hide in the BBL competition so guys who aren’t playing have to be ready to go when they do get called up. There’s no time for us to get them fit for a game that’s two days away so they’ve always got to be ready to go,” said McNamara.
“We’ve got a really good group that are always striving to be better in the gym and be better athletes and better cricketers as a result.”
Sydney Thunder wicketkeeper and former ACPE student Jay Lenton said he enjoyed his time at the specialist sport college.
“It was good, it was different. I used to travel from the Central Coast on a train, two hours there, two hours back but it was worth it, definitely. Obviously being in the sports industry is something I’ve always wanted to do, as a player or in admin,” said Lenton.
“It’s completely different now. I was over the road in a different building so to see what ACPE has done and how they’ve upgraded, it’s fantastic to see how advanced they’ve become, they’ve got such a great facility here.”
Sydney Thunder return to Manuka Oval on Saturday 9 February to take on the Hobart Hurricanes in the final home and away game of the season.