South Coast Athlete Mixes With State’s Best

Warilla-Barrack Point has a tradition of producing some of the state’s finest surf sport athletes, with young-gun Kasey Ashburner joining the ranks after being selected to attend a state-wide development camp in Sydney last week.

The Surf Life Saving NSW Junior Development Academy Camp, previously known as the Talented Athlete Program Camp, 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.

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.

“It was a really fun camp and the highlight for me was being able to meet new people from all around New South Wales,” Kasey Ashburner said.

“Some of the skills that will be really useful for me this season were learning some in-depth knowledge about how to work your core, and how to improve your stroke.”

She said getting the chance to hear from athletes and coaches who have achieved at a high level has motivated her to keep training hard ahead of what promises to be a busy season.

“I really want to go towards the top half at carnivals this year so I will be working towards all the major carnivals including Branch, Country and State,” she said.

NSW 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 South Coast Representatives:

Kasey Ashburner – Warilla Barrack Point SLSC

Mon 28 Sep 2015