Dilworth Senior Campus opens new Strength and Conditioning Gym
Officially opened by the MP for Epsom, David Seymour in late May, Dilworth’s new high-performance strength and conditioning gym is a welcome addition to the Senior Campus.
In 2020, Dilworth’s Trustees approved the investment for a new high-performance fitness centre as an extension to the existing weights room at the Senior Campus. Construction for the new strength and conditioning gym began in early 2021 and was completed in April 2022. Since then, it has been used by a range of different premier and development sports teams at the school including the rugby, basketball, hockey and football teams. The New Zealand Basketball team, the Tall Blacks, used the gym during the school holidays to train for their upcoming season. It will also be utilised by the Japanese Women’s Rugby Team as they train for the Rugby World Cup.
The large open space allows full teams to train together with access to exceptional strength and conditioning equipment including barbells, benches, squat racks, dumbbells, medicine balls and boxes. The school’s strength and conditioning coach Pera Gibbs (who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the Northern Mystics) organises bespoke work outs for various teams and individuals. Dilworth’s physiotherapist Kyle Turvey (Dilworth Old Boy – Class of 2006) also makes use of the space, helping injured players speed up their recovery.
Director of Sport, Darryn Hoare says, “The new strength and conditioning area at Dilworth Senior Campus, alongside a highly skilled staffing team, will really help our young athletes take their fitness to the next level. What’s more, the sheer size of the gym extension means that full teams can train together which helps build stronger relationships and comradery within the groups.”
The investment into a high-performance sports centre at the school is a part of an overall sports strategy to improve pathways for students wanting to excel and compete at the highest level in their chosen sport.