SLSNSW Unearths Talented Athletes

Surf Life Saving NSW’s brightest young surf sport stars have been honing their skills at the NSW Talented Athletes Program (TAP) on Sydney’s Northern Beaches during the holidays.

The Talented Athlete Program exposes leading U13-15 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 Tanyn Lyndon have gone on to win National and World Championships, represent Australia and qualify for the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series.

Lawson Christiansen of Caves Beach said he had an amazing experience and learnt a lot of over the three day camp.

"It's been an amazing experience for me. It really felt like an elite camp experience where we heard from professional and experienced coaches and athletes. It was especially good to hear from the champion athletes and see that they aren't all superhumans but they trained hard and believed in themselves and we can do that too," said Lawson.

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

“The Talented Athlete Program is one of the most successful and longest running programs SLSNSW offers to its members. This program exposes athletes from around NSW to some of the best coaching and sport science testing around.

“Over the years, this program has helped young up and coming surf sport athletes go onto compete and represent teams at the highest level possible and I have no doubt that some of these athletes will follow that same path.,” said Mr Knight.

Nine surf life saving branches from NSW were represented in this year’s program with athletes travelling from as far north as Kingscliff and as far south as Tathra.

Forty competitors were selected to participate in the three day program at the Sydney Academy of Sport, from over 90 nominations received. Four elite coaches from throughout NSW worked with the squad in their chosen disciplines with the group also being mentored by Australian superstars Kendrick Louis, Rachelle King and Murray Stewart.

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 Mr Williams.

The action packed program was supported by Engine Swim and 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:

Jasmine Darwin - Umina
Mimosa Henderson - Umina
Charlie Jeffries – Avoca Beach
Lochlan Jonquieres - Terrigal
Kirsten Miller - Umina
Zoe Hughes – Byron Bay
Joshua Jones – Cudgen Headland
Chantal Luxton – Cudgen Headland
Anthea Warne – Cudgen Headland
Liam Wilson – Cudgen Headland
Emily Byrne – Broulee Surfers
Ben Daniell – Batemans Bay
Craig Senior – Broulee Surfers
Xavier Smith - Tathra
Lawson Christiansen – Caves Beach
Amy Gosling – Caves Beach
Kyle Lehmann – Catherine Hill Bay
Nicola Owen - Merewether
Bailey Proud - Redhead
Amelia Ross - Merewether
Kaimana Fittock - Bulli
Meghan Fox – Wollongong City
Zara Sharman - Bulli
Michel Tapia – North Wollongong
Stella Moore – Camden Haven
Keelan Ashburner – Warilla Barrack Point
Jayden Goodair – Warilla Barrack Point
James Finn - Newport
Jonah Gerritsen - Queenscliff
Olivia Heaton - Newport
Lily Marsters - Manly
Ryan Pearson - Newport
Jami Prowse – North Curl Curl
Georgia Singleton - Manly
Brooke Dixon - Wanda
Emily Eaves - Wanda
Connor Levings - Elouera
Alex Rampoldi – North Cronulla
Zach Roja – North Cronulla
Kiera Warn - Wanda

Mon 29 Sep 2014