Top Junior Athletes Mix With State’s Best

Distance proved no barrier for a number of emerging surf sport athletes from across the Far South Coast who made the journey to Sydney for a state-wide development camp last week.

Young surf life savers from Moruya, Tathra, Pambula and Broulee all attended the Junior Development Academy Camp along with their peers from around New South Wales.

The 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.

“It was a really fun camp, got a chance to make new friends and learn some new skills. I did pilates for the first time which was really hard with the push ups with one arm and one leg and really stretching the body,” said Broulee’s Callum Elliot.

“I definitely learned some new skills that I can take back and show my friends. I’ll share a few but there’s some I might keep secret.”

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’s been very cold but I had a great time here at camp. I’d never done pool rescue before so that was really interesting and something I can take back to my club, I also worked on some paddling techniques and starts,” Jessie Campbell-Jones from Pambula said.

“It was really inspirational hearing from Georgia Miller who will be competing in the professional Ironwoman next season and can show you where you can go if you work hard.”

Ryley Spoelder- Hanlon (Moruya) said he’s looking forward to using the skills he learned from the camp when the new season gets underway, while Tathra’s Curtis Woodley said it was a brilliant opportunity to work with top coaches.

“It’s been really fun learning new skills and is such a good opportunity to come and work with one of the best coaches in New South Wales,” Woodley said.

“I really enjoyed hearing from Georgia who was a really good speaker and told us a lot about how she achieved her goals, which really encouraged us all to work harder.

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 achiev e 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 Far South Coast Representatives:

Ryley Spoelder-Hanlon – Moruya SLSC
Curtis Woodley – Tathra SLSC
Jessie Campbell-Jones – Pambula SLSC
Callum Elliot – Broulee Surfers SLSC

Mon 28 Sep 2015