North Coast Academy Program To Help Develop Regional Surf Sports Athletes

Surf Life Saving NSW has partnered with the North Coast Academy of Sport to ensure more athletes from regional NSW are exposed to leading development pathways and training methods.

The North Coast Academy of Sport’s Surf Life Saving Program currently selects 30 athletes from the Far North, North and Mid North Coast branches to participate in the annual athlete development program.

The new one year partnership with Surf Life Saving NSW will result in more athletes from regional branches gaining access to the high performance program. Up to three athletes and a coach from the Lower North, South and Far South Coast branches will each participate in a separate development camp alongside their northern NSW counterparts.

The program consisting of the three separate development camps will focus on improving the athletes' technique and skills through coaching and video analysis. It will also aim to help athletes understand and use Sports Science and advanced components of fitness such as psychology, nutrition, strength training and flexibility.

There will also be a strong focus on encouraging athletes to adopt good racing and training routines and develop athlete’s life skills through discipline, teamwork, socialising and leadership required in a camp situation.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager, Shane Knight, says the partnership is a fantastic way to introduce a first class athlete development program to more regional athletes.

“We’re really excited about partnering with the North Coast Academy of Sports’ Surf Life Saving Program to deliver a first rate development program for more regional surf athletes than ever before.

“We are consistently looking to improve development opportunities for our young athletes ensuring the continued progression of Surf Sports in NSW. This is a fantastic opportunity and we are really looking forward to working with the Academy over the next year,” said Mr Knight.

North Coast Academy of Sport Executive Director, John Kincade, said “The support of Surf Life Saving NSW will allow the program to up-skill athletes and mentor coaches from other regions with the aim of developing these into strong independent programs themselves. This partnership is a great development initiative assisting regional branches.”

Further showcasing the continued commitment in developing young athletes, Surf Life Saving NSW will be sending an U18 Pool Rescue Development Team to compete in the New Zealand (NZ) Pool Rescue Championships to be held in Auckland at the end of the month.

For more information please visit the U18 Development Team NZ Tour event page.

Fri 22 Aug 2014