Sydney Athletes Show Promise At Development Camp

Sydney Branch’s future looks bright as a number of surf sports athletes make the most of their time at the Surf Life Saving NSW Junior Development Academy Camp last week.

Previously known as the Talented Athlete Program Camp, it's for athletes aged 12-14 across all eleven branches who have demonstrated potential in any of the water disciplines.

The representatives from Sydney included Lily Finati (Bronte), Logan Galea & Campbell Hannington from Elouera, Madeleine Hardy (South Maroubra), Kiera Warn from Wanda and Mitchell O’Loughlin from North Cronulla.

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.

Madeleine Hardy made sure her time at the camp was well spent; she’s now turning her focus to the upcoming season.

“This season competing will be interesting because there will be a rivalry every time we compete against each other,” Hardy said.

Mitchell O’Loughlin is glad he took time out of his school holidays to improve on his skills as a surf sports athlete.

This camp has been a great experience and I have learnt a lot from the three days including different techniques and how to fasten up my board strokes,” O’Loughlin 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 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 Sydney Representatives:

Lily Finati – Bronte SLSC Logan Galea – Elouera SLSC Campbell Hannington – Elouera SLSC Madeleine Hardy – South Maroubra SLSC Kiera Warn – Wanda SLSC Mitchell O’Loughlin – North Cronulla SLSC

Mon 28 Sep 2015