Hunter Athletes Strong At Development Camp

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.

Hunter Branch athletes, Hayley Walmsley from Caves Beach SLSC and Bella Williams from Cooks Hill SLSC made the most of their experiences at the camp.

“I’ve picked up on lots of skills throughout the Junior Development Academy. I learnt that making friends is the most important thing and to have fun while I’m in surf lifesaving," said Walmsley.

“Having Georgia Miller as a guest speaker and sharing her experiences as an athlete was amazing. Georgia came from pool swimming over to surf lifesaving and I look up to those types of people. She’s a star of the future and I want to be like her,” Williams added.

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 Hunter Representatives:

Hayley Walmsley – Caves Beach SLSC Bella Williams – Cooks Hill SLSC

Mon 28 Sep 2015