Lower North Coast Strives At Development Camp

The Lower North Coast's future is looking bright when it comes to young surf lifesavers. Patrick Moses from Taree-Old Bar SLSC represented the branch at last week’s Surf Life Saving NSW 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.

Moses was the only representative from the Lower North Coast but that didn’t stop the youngster from challenging himself.

“I’ll go back to my club knowing that I’ve learnt new techniques and made new friends. All the activities we’ve done while on the Junior Development Camp have been a great challenge and I have got a lot out of it.

“Georgia Miller was an inspiration as the guest speaker. To see someone who has gone down a similar path and has now become a star in surf sports, it’s very encouraging for young athletes like us,” Moses said.

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 Lower North Coast Representatives:

Patrick Moses – Taree-Old Bar SLSC

Mon 28 Sep 2015