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Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - January 2019

The Factory News

January 2019


This Month's Featured Athlete

Chloe Elliot
16 years old
Field Lacrosse (Midfield/Attack) 
Chloe Elliot first started box lacrosse in grade 7, when some ringette teammates joined the sport. Soon thereafter she moved to Texas and started playing field lacrosse. Making the change from box to field was challenging, especially for someone new to the sport to begin with. Chloe explains that “in field, you use different sticks that are basically tennis rackets and have absolutely no pocket, which makes it pretty hard to catch and pass. I worked hard to get my stick skills to a point where I don’t have to worry about making a good pass or catching a bad pass, I only have to think about the next play or the next shot”. When Chloe moved back to Calgary, she joined the Elev8 Elite team, where she continues to grow as a player and an athlete. “I love the sport because it gives me an outlet to focus on nothing other than getting better. I love the strategy, ability to be creative, and mostly the feeling when you and your team execute a play or system perfectly,” she says.

This past year has been full of success and hints at the possibilities to come for this young, promising athlete. Chloe finished 2nd at Nationals with the U19 Alberta Team, and was one of only 60 athletes across Canada invited to the U19 Canada training camp, where she hopes to make the squad that will compete in the World Championships this summer. On top of all of that, she has committed to play at Lindenwood University in St. Louis Missouri for her college career.

While her shortterm goals are simply to improve different aspects of her game. Her longterm goals see her having a rewarding college career, playing in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League and representing Team Canada at the World Championships and the 2028 Olympics, when lacrosse is “finally” an Olympic sport.

Chloe is grateful for the role AF is playing in her improvements. “I love training at the Athlete Factory because I train with some of the best athletes in Calgary, which pushes me to be better. The Athlete Factory has made me much faster, stronger and so much better at change of direction. I am now able to be shifty on attack and fool my defenders much better as well as hold my ground on defense,” she says.

“The speed at which lacrosse is played requires the strength and stability to withstand constant contact, and the ability to repeatedly change direction and accelerate. In Chloe's case, the aerobic capacity has always been there, but her PC endurance has gone off the charts in her time at the AF. Putting her up on the leaderboard,” explains her Lead Conditioning Coach Mark Salkeld. “We have shaved off well over half a second off her initial T-test score, meaning her ability to change direction and accelerate, which makes her a dramatically different athlete.” Coach Salkeld explains that the key to the optimum propulsive action is for hamstrings, rather than glutes to initiate sequencing. When hamstrings fire first in this way both glutes and quads are more effective, producing a more propulsive hip extension knee extension action. The result is faster and more powerful athletes! “We've also taken Chloe’s improved coordination and then focused on sequencing, meaning the right muscles are initiating movement,” Coach Salkeld adds. “As Chloe improves her sequencing she improves her ability to control her direction of force. This direction of force is important because it creates more power in the direction that she wants to move, which in turn leads to greater acceleration and a much more dangerous player on the field. This is exactly the scientific and practical work only available at AF, at least until the work that our coaches are producing academically makes it into university curriculums, usually a 5 to 15 year process.”

When asked what advice she would give to other athletes, Chloe shares what has helped her. “Trust the process. You’re not always going to be the best, but if you work hard and do the little things consistently, you can be.” One of her favourite quotes is “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” We couldn’t agree more, it’s why we do what we do!

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Check out Some Outstanding Accomplishments from our Athletes 

Mean Hakeem wins the main card event at UFC 231.

Keegan Sharp has a first run placing in NorAm Slalom, the highest circuit in North America, and finishing 4th. Great results post injury.

Peyton Krebs has been named the 23rd captain in the Kootenay Ice franchise history.

Jonah Chambers of the Calgary Buffaloes is the top Midget AAA Goalie in the province.

Marla Wheeler and Ashlynn Armstrong of the Calgary Rush U19AA Ringette team won Bronze at the Central Alberta Ice Breaker Tournament.

Did we miss highlighting your accomplishment? Have a newsworthy 'win'?
Speak to your Lead Coach and they can ensure you are included in our next edition!

By the Numbers - December 

TOP TESTING SCORES:
3 Double Leg Hop: Dan McIntosh (9.02 m) / Kai Ma (7.98 m)
10m Test: Kanon Istace (1.638 sec) / Kai Ma (1.751 sec)
30m Test: Koll Cherkowski (4.047 sec) / Kai Ma (4.392 sec)
T-Test: Koll Cherkowski (7.179 sec) / Kai Ma (7.677 sec)
PC Test: Cole Davis (50.75 lengths) / Bryn Mortensen (45 lengths)

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