North Coast Youngsters Shine at Development Camp

The North Coast Branch is in safe hands this season with four of their athletes taking time out of their school holidays to polish up on their surf sports skills.

Aoife Carey made the trip down from Urunga while Cloe Nolan, Hayley Fischer and Olissa Onley represented Coffs Harbour SLSC.

Surf lifesavers from the North Coast of NSW made the most of their opportunity at a Surf Life Saving NSW development camp. The three representatives from Coffs Harbour and one from Urunga SLSC were overwhelmed with the skills they learnt.

The Surf Life Saving NSW Junior Development Academy Camp, previously known as the Talented Athlete Program is for athletes aged 12-14 across all eleven branches who have demonstrated potential in any of the water disciplines.

For many of these talented youngsters it is the first time that they have been exposed to a high performance environment, and proving that anything is possible many of the previous graduates have gone on to represent both NSW and Australia in surf sports.

Aoife Carey from Urunga SLSC couldn’t believe how enjoyable the three days have been and is looking forward to the season ahead.

“The camp has been a new learning experience and we’re very grateful for being selected to be part of this great program,” Carey said.

Long-time State Coach Jeff Mowbray lent his expertise to the program as Head Coach and was highly impressed by the abilities he saw from the young athletes.

“The kids have learnt a lot and they have been very proactive. The team at Sport and Recreation Academy put together mass activities that they’ve never done before and the youngsters adapted well,” said Mr Mowbray.

Throughout the three-day program held at the Sydney Academy of Sport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches the athletes participated in training sessions under the eagle eye of top state coaches, attended discussions on nutrition, had their skills and techniques analysed and were introduced to high performance and recovery techniques.

NSW Surf Sports Development Officer Mikaela Mew feels the athlete’s time at the camp will continue to benefit them into the future.

“It was a highly successful and enjoyable camp where the participants gained skills that they can use in their own training when they return to their clubs,” Mrs Mew said.

“What we aim to achieve is to show these kids what it takes to succeed at a high level in surf sport, and it’s exciting to think what they can achieve this season and beyond.”

The class of 2015 included athletes who have already won medals at both the Country and NSW Championships held earlier this year, and with access to this type of specialist training the sky’s the limit for this talented bunch.

2015 Junior Development Academy North Coast Representatives:

Aoife Carey – Urunga SLSC Cloe Nolan – Coffs Harbour SLSC Hayley Fischer – Coffs Harbour SLSC Olissa Onley – Coffs Harbour SLSC

Mon 28 Sep 2015