Ladies prep for U20 qualifiers

The women’s national football team recently took fitness tests in preparation for regional qualifiers.

Janel Ebanks, 14, was the stand out in the dreaded fitness beep test. The multi-stage exercise is used by sports coaches and trainers to estimate an athlete’s VO2 max (maximum oxygen uptake). The test is the most accurate way to test a player’s cardiovascular fitness which is a major component of physical fitness.

Janel finally ended the test on Stage 30 with a distance of 1.200km with a maximum oxygen capacity VO2 reading of 46.48. To put that number into perspective, the average English Premiership football player’s VO2 max reading will fluctuate between 56.00-77.00. Nicole Whittaker, 14, also put up some very impressive numbers stopping at Stage 28. Shanice Monteith and Amanda Frederick both stopped at stage 26.

The first beep test the girls carried out was taken on 30 June and the top performer was Jessica Ebanks, 19, who stopped at stage 21 with a VO2 max of 43.26.

The Cayman Islands national women’s programme is preparing for their upcoming trip to Suriname where they will compete in the Group B of the Caribbean Football Union Women’s U-20 Qualifying Tournament. Cayman competes on 18 October and face Trinidad and Tobago on 20 October. The girls have been in training since June this year.

Women’s Technical Director Thiago Cunha complimented his players progression. “The beep test is one of the most physical and demanding fitness tests which every footballer dreads. I have to compliment the girls on their attitude and dedication, they confronted this test head on, all 23 players who are currently on Island were in attendance.

“I am very happy, we have three more weeks to work with them and we will continue to improve technically and motivate the girls for the games in Suriname.”

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