Top Water Athletes Gather In The Tweed

Over 30 of the state’s top surf sport athletes will be put through their paces in a gruelling three-day program at the Surf Australia High Performance Centre located at Casuarina on the NSW Tweed Coast from Friday.

The high performance program is targeted at those who will compete in the age groups from under 15s through to opens in all water disciplines in the 2015/16 season.

Competition for places at the camp was fierce with proven performance at previous carnivals or the potential to push for higher honours a crucial factor in gaining selection.

With the camp coming just weeks into the lifesaving season, it’s an opportunity for the athletes to fine tune their preparations ahead of what promises to be a busy summer campaign of surf sports.

It’s also a chance for the athletes to renew friendships with their fellow competitors from around the state while also refine their technique under the watchful and experienced eyes of NSW Head Coach Jeff Mowbray.

Mowbray a veteran of many representative campaigns will undoubtedly be casting a keen eye on the athlete’s form with a view on potential selection for next season’s Surf Interstate team.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon feels the camp will provide everything the athletes need to take their performances to the next level.

“We’ve got a really good mix of youth and experience selected for the program this year. Already some of these up and coming athletes have achieved exceptional results at NSW Country, State and National level,” Mr Pidgeon said.

“It’s a wonderful chance for those selected to fine-tune their preparations for the season while also seeing the results of their hard winter work.

“The centre and its facilities are first class and reflect an elite environment for the athletes that will certainly help them improve. I have no doubt that those selected will benefit from their time at the camp and many will subsequently push for higher honours,” he concluded.

Far North Coast
Caitlin Callahan – Byron Bay
Scout Hembrow – Bryon Bay
Jy Timperley – Byron Bay
Zoe Hughes - Byron Bay

North Coast
Tahlia Kollen - Sawtell

Daniel Collins – Redhead
Lily Costello – Redhead
Jye Lehmann - Catherine Hill Bay

Central Coast
Harry Armstrong – Avoca Beach
Keeley Booth – Avoca Beach
Finn Flaherty – Avoca Beach
Beau Jeffries - Avoca Beach
Claire Gaffney – Umina
Jemma Smith – Umina
Callum Sutton – Terrigal
Harry Braddish - Umina

Sydney Northern Beaches
Jackson Borg – Newport
Ollie Signorini – Newport
James Finn – Newport
Hugh McAlpine - Newport
Emily Doyle – Manly
Thomas Doyle – Manly
Naomi Scott – Manly
Callum Lowe-Griffiths – Queenscliff

Ben Highfield - North Cronulla
Katherine Conder – Elouera
Chris King – Elouera
Brooke Dixon – Wanda
Ethan Garland – North Cronulla
Kira Hood – North Cronulla
Lachlan Moyle – North Cronulla

South Coast
Matthew Sperring – Warilla-Barrack Point

Head Coach: Jeff Mowbray – Swansea Belmont
Assistant Coach: Scott McCartney – Cudgen Headland

The 2015 SLSNSW High Performance Academy Program runs from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October at the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre in Casuarina Beach.

Photograph -Emily Doyle (Manly) and Zoe Hughes (Byron Bay) have both earned a spot at the SLSNSW High Performance Academy this weekend. The duo are pictured alongside Nicola Owen (Merewether) moments after the U14 Board Race at the State Championships held earlier this year.

Thu 15 Oct 2015