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Hugh Campbell will join newly appointed Head Coach, Shannon Fraser, and Club Scrum Coach, Mike Reid, in preparing the Shoremen for the upcoming 2018 season.
Currently working as an exercise physiologist and S&C coach in Surry Hills, Hugh Campbell detailed his responsibilities in keeping the players fit and injury-free.
“My primarily role is providing strength and conditioning programs for the performance squad which includes gym programs, plus on-field conditioning, speed and agility programs,” Campbell said.
“Probably my most important job is keep the players injury-free because the most important ability is availability.”
Campbell has previously worked with the UNSW Cricket Club as their strength and conditioning coach and has successfully completed a Masters of Exercise Science.
Commencing his role with Norths this pre-season, Campbell pointed out his short term and long term goals as Head of Athletic Performance.
“The short term goal is to get to know the guys in the squad and start to work with them so they can improve their weaknesses as well as continue to build on their strengths,” Campbell said.
“The long term goal is to win premierships and help develop our guys so that they can go on to play representative rugby.”
In a competition as tight as the Intrust Super Shute Shield, there are only a limited number of opportunities to take control, “so unless we are able to sustain our physical efforts for 80 minutes we leave ourselves vulnerable to losing games.”
“The last 20 minutes of a game are known as the championship minutes for a reason,” Campbell explained.
Newly appointed Norths Head Coach, Shannon Fraser, was quick to express his excitement of Campbell’s appointment here at Norths.
“Hugh brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be an integral part of our preparation as we build for the upcoming season,” Fraser said.
“It may seem an obvious statement, but the players are the most important asset of the club and so Hugh’s responsibilities in preparing and maintaining their physical well-being is pretty important to the success of the club.”