Weekend warriors, college athletes and Olympians alike are trained at The National Training Center in Clermont in sports including track and field, triathlon, swimming and diving, running, soccer, cycling, rugby, lacrosse and water polo. Pat Burke’s Hoops Training Facility in Mount Dora provides children’s coaching through professional-level training focusing on basketball skills and player development. The Cesar Villarroel Tennis Academy Coaching Staff at the Mission Inn Resort focuses its training not only on technical skill, but on mental strength as well.
From the "Did You Know?" files: Lake County is the home of the original Savage Race, a wildly popular 4-6- mile mud obstacle course for fitness enthusiasts looking for an extra (dirty) adrenaline rush.
Play tennis at Villarroel Tennis Academy at Mission Inn Resort, learn to slam dunk at Pat Burke’s Hoops Basketball Training Facility or take part in Florida’s favorite pastime, pickleball, at one of four courts at Palatlakaha Environmental Agricultural Research (PEAR) Park.
Clermont is known as the birthplace of the modern triathlon. With expansive roadways, rolling hills and beautiful Lake Minneola, Clermont is the ideal location for runners to train and compete. Across the county, Water Front Park, Lake Louisa State Park and the National Training Center are also popular among triathletes.
SPORTS: Running Biking Triathlon
From a horse lover’s paradise and local institution for quality handmade tack to a world-renowned equestrian facility — Lake County is a delight for professional or novice equestrians. Enjoy a sedate ride through lakefront trails or an adventurous trek over a forest path.
SPORTS: Show Jumping Dressage Cross Country Jumping
The Hickory Point Recreational Complex, Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex and North Lake Community Park are just a few county parks known for their gorgeously maintained fields and The National Training is world-renowned destination to host competitive soccer, rugby and lacrosse tournaments.
SPORTS: Baseball Softball
With an array of dynamic features that includes more than 1,000 lakes and rivers, it’s obvious how Lake County got its name. This 1,156-square-mile Central Florida county is not only home to hundreds of waterways, but the quality of freshwater fishing and boating amenities are some of the best in the region, including Hickory Point Recreational Facility, a park that features 12 boat ramps with access to the eight-lake Harris Chain.
SPORTS: Sport Fishing
Ski, wakeboard, sail or row on any of Lake County’s more than 1,400 named lakes. The county has become world-renowned as one of the top locations for water-sports training and at famous facilities such as Hansen’s World Wakeboard Center and the waterskiing paradise of the Swiss Ski School.