International Camp

AussieNick International Squash Academy

The AussieNick International Squash Academy Australian Connection residential summer Squash camps for 2017 will be held in Cairns, Australia at an 8 court facility. The program will be headed by leading Australian Coach Marc Forster. Administrator and Chaperone Connie Barnes, Director of Squash AussieNick Squash and Jacqueline Barnes, Dartmouth #1 player and senior.

These residential camps are designed for more than a great squash training experience. The program will include Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Injury Prevention and Management and conditioning for the future athlete’s body and mind.

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House of residence in Cairns, Australia (Trinity beach)

Typical Week Day

7:30: Arise
7:45: Breakfast
8:30-11:30: Technical Session 1: Swing and movement analysis and construction, Drills
11:30-12:00: Recovery: Stretching, rolling, protein, abdominal workout
12:30 -1:30: Lunch
1:30 – 2:00: Free time
2:00 – 4:00: Technical Session 2: Video analysis, Nutrition and Sports Psychology
4:00 – 5:00: Technical Session 3: Cross training education e.g. Weights, track, explosive conditioning, swim
5:00: Shuttle to back to Accommodation
6:00: Dinner
7:00: Relaxation activities: Movies, Swim, BBQ, Brisbane tour, Emails to family
10:30: Bed

Cost for 4 full weeks – $4850, deposit of $1000 due at registration.

Departure date – July 1, 2017

Includes – 3 meals per day, all squash coaching, league matches, use of gym and pool, transport to and from club, sports psychology, video analysis.

Not included – Flight to and from Cairns, snorkeling, scuba diving, snacks, souvenirs.

Sightseeing items include: Flight to Brisbane and visits to Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast & Australia Zoo or Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Kuranda Railway scenic train trip and more


Did you know that eating carbohydrates too close to a game can actually be detrimental to performance? Do you know which food group is most important to avoid in the lead up to competition. Good nutrition is an important aspect of achieving top performance in sport and life in general. The program will provide guidance for the development of good nutritional habits for life long sports performance.

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Dylan Kucher (Left), Jeremy Barnes, and Zoe Kagan


Sports Psychology
“There is nothing wrong with saying to yourself that you don’t want to do all the mental training stuff but there is something wrong with thinking that you will get to the top without it” (Orlick 2000). Psychological tests are performed and help develop strategies for improvement.


Coached by former Australian Junior National Coach Marc Foster

Tour Activities:

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Dylan Playing pro Steve Finitsis in a league match

Dylan Kachur – #20 BU19

My travel to Australia in 2015 has taught me many things about myself, my love for the game of squash and stretching my limits of comfort in order to learn what I can handle as a person. Overall, I have never been to a country more welcoming and exciting as Australia; the people are so kind and the places are life-changing. My favorite location was the city of Brisbane, because it is impossible to compare to any city back in the U.S. There is every store you could imagine, all within walking distance, a wonderful array of nature to balance the industrialization, and a wide range of entertainment for all ages within this tropical city. Even though I only spent a few days here, I felt like I had only touched the surface, and would gladly travel back if I had the opportunity. In Australia, I made the transition from being a good athlete to an elite athlete, with a greater respect for the game. Before the trip, I would merely practice my shots and do fitness, but I was not documenting my training, and I did not have a set in stone routine to follow. After traveling to Australia, being put into a vigorous training program for improvement, and training 2 times a day, I realized I wanted to take the next step in my game. Now, I have a documented training program involving technical, mental, physical, and dietary focal points so I can be completely prepared for the vigor of competition. Because I lacked the professional training that the top juniors in the states have, I needed the internal motivation to drive myself to creatively come up with ways to use the resources I have, and Australia gave me this. Since last year, my ranking has gone up about 10 spots, from around 35 to 24 currently, and I owe it all to Australia. I have received compliments at multiple tournaments about how I take the game much more seriously now, but I do not think I could have done it alone. I want to thank Connie Barnes, the Barnes family, and all who helped me train overseas in Australia, and I hope to return in the future!

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