We won't feel the Singapore heat, says Aitken

Last updated 05:00 24/06/2011

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The Silver Ferns aren't expecting heat to be a factor at the world championships, but they are prepared for it.

While the average temperature for Singapore in July is about 31degC, the Singapore Indoor Stadium will be kept at an air-conditioned 20degC.

"Unlike when we went to Jamaica in 2003, where we were sure the air conditioning would break down – very conveniently – when we played Jamaica, the Singaporeans are absolutely known for their attention to detail," Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken said.

The Silver Ferns trialled heat-reducing technology during a 10-day camp on the Gold Coast at the start of 2010 with the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Singapore in mind.

Those techniques include ice vests and "slurries" or frozen drinks the players consume before the game to keep their core temperature down.

"Our players love the heat, Casey Williams is probably the only one that gets a little bit pink in the cheeks with it all.

"We certainly do use ice vests with them for surface cooling and the latest thing is these slurries which is sort of like a frozen coke but it's energy drink stuff," Aitken said.

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