Juniors Work Hard at TAP

New South Wales’ U13-15 future surf sport stars were busy in the final days of their school holidays at the NSW Talented Athletes Program (TAP) on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The Talented Athlete Program exposes leading athletes to the beginning of the Surf Life Saving NSW High Performance pathway. Athletes that have taken part in this program in the past such as Kendrick Louis, Alyce Bennett and Jacob Lollback have gone on to win National and World Championships, represent Australia and qualify for the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IronMan Series.

13 year old competitor Chelsea Green from Crowdy Head had a great time at the program and found it very beneficial.

“Surfing is my passion and my Mum was worried that I was going too far out the back and I wasn’t a very confident swimmer so she encouraged me to get involved in Surf Life Saving.”

TAP has been a really good experience. I competed at the last Interbranch Carnival but it was nothing compared to this.”

TAP is helping me perfect my technique so I can succeed at a different level. It’s a good opportunity to be exposed to different coaching styles and other athletes who do things differently to me,” said Chelsea.

Daniel Pearce, Surf Life Saving NSW Surf Sports Manager said the program is important to ensure the future of Surf Sports in NSW.

“The talented athlete program is a great opportunity for young surf athletes from across the state. Being exposed to some of the best sports facilities and coaching in the country is a great learning experience, especially for the kids from the regional areas of NSW. This program is renowned for producing some of the most successful athletes of the future and I am confident that this will continue given the calibre of some of the athletes that attended this year,” said Daniel Pearce.

All 11 SLS Branches from NSW were represented in this year’s program. Athletes travelled from as far north as the Tweed and as far south as Broulee Surfers.

Forty one competitors were selected to participate in the three day program at the Sydney Academy of Sport, from over 100 nominations received. Four elite coaches from throughout NSW worked with the squad in their chosen disciplines with the group also being visited by superstars Kendrick Louis, Jake Lynch and Katie Williams.

North Curl Curl’s Tony Williams lent his expertise to the program as Head Coach.

“The main thing about TAP is that it is a good introduction to future representation for the sport. The group here is the cream of the cream, there is stacks of ability. It is a great opportunity for kids to learn different skills and compete against athletes of similar ability and make contacts in this environment. Friendships have been formed up and down the coast at TAP,” said Tony.

The action packed program was supported by NSW Sport and Recreation – SLSNSW State coaches took the squad through surf sports specific training aimed at developing skills, technique and building the athletes’ understanding of the physical training required to reach their goals in surf sports competition. The Sydney Academy of Sport educated the participants on performance enhancing theory including sports nutrition, sports psychology and goal setting.

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Congratulations to all TAP participants:

Taylah Allen - Warilla Barrack Point
Corey Bagnall – Warilla Barrack Point
Jack Bonetig - Warilla Barrack Point
Mahli Borham - Ballina
Kiesha Bovill - Catherine Hill Bay
Harry Braddish - Umina
Caitlin Callahan - Byron Bay
Helena De Gruchy - Freshwater
Kate Dryden - Thirroul
Josh Dwyer - Port Macquarie
Jake Evans - Elouera
Finn Flaherty - Avoca Beach
Dylan Gillett - Thirroul
Chelsea Green - Crowdy Head
Ben Hamill - Sandon Point
Bailey Johns - Terrigal
Sam King - Elouera
Christopher King - Elouera
Tahlia Kollen - Urunga
Chelsey Kolokolow - Catherine Hill Bay
Harry Loader - Avoca Beach
Callum Lowe-Griffiths - Queenscliff
Billie Myall - Manly
Tyler Nott - Wanda
Kai Onley - Coffs Harbour
Sean O'Reilly - Coffs Harbour
Jack Pavey - Coffs Harbour
Craig Price - Broulee
Josh Quinn - Cudgen Headland
Taylor Sargeant - Wauchope Bonny Hills
Naomi Scott - Manly
Brock Scrivener - Wollongong City
Jake Shultz - Catherine Hill Bay
Keely Sinclair - Wauchope Bonny Hill
Matthew Sperring - Warilla Barrack Point
Lachlan Stanford - Catherine Hill Bay
Hugh Stewart - Wauchope Bonny Hills
Meagan Stone - Copacabana
Evee Thuys - Salt
Brock Van Kampen - Cape Hawke
Summer Walker - Bronte
Harry Wilson - Newport

Tue 8 Oct 2013