Bright Future For Mid North Coast Rookies

Surf Sport on the Mid North Coast appears to be in safe hands after a group of talented junior athletes were put through their paces at a state-wide development camp in Sydney last week.

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.

Tacking Point had two representatives at the camp through Ryan Horton and Joshua Power. Finn Askew (South West Rocks) and Sarah Stewart (Wauchope-Bonny Hills) completed the Mid North Coast quartet.

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.

All four athletes thoroughly enjoyed the camp saying they learned a lot of new technical things that they can incorporate into their own training going forward.

“The camp has been great, and I really enjoyed some of the challenges to test us outside of all the training such as the high ropes,” Sarah Stewart said.

Josh Power and Ryan Horton both cited meeting new people from around the state as highlights, while Finn Askew said it was inspiring to hear from people who have achieved so much success in the sport.

“It was great to be able to hear from people who have achieved at a high level. I l also learned a lot of new skills that I’ll be able to use,” Askew said.

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 Mid North Coast Representatives:

Sarah Stewart – Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC
Finn Askew – South West Rocks SLSC
Ryan Horton – Tacking Point SLSC
Joshua Power – Tacking Point SLSC

Mon 28 Sep 2015