Youngsters Prove Themselves At Development Camp

Surf Life Saving NSW’s brightest young surf sport stars have been perfecting their skills at the NSW Junior Development Academy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches during the holidays.

The Junior Development Academy exposes leading U12-14 athletes to the beginning of the Surf Life Saving NSW High Performance pathway.

Athletes that have taken part in this program in the past have gone on to win National and World Championships, represent Australia and qualify for the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series.

In what was an action packed program 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.

Bella Williams of Cooks Hill SLSC said she had an amazing experience and learnt a lot of over the three day camp in particular having fun.

"I’ve picked up on lots of skills throughout the Junior Development Academy. I learnt that making friends is the most important thing and to have fun while I’m in Surf Life Saving," said Williams.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Development Officer, Mikaela Mew, said the program is important to ensure the future of Surf Sports in NSW.

“The Junior Development Program is one of the most successful and longest running programs Surf Life Saving NSW 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 Mrs Mew.

All 11 Branches from NSW were represented in this year’s program with athletes travelling from as far as Cudgen Headland in the state’s north and Pambula on the Far South Coast.

Over forty competitors were selected to participate in the three day program at the Sydney Academy of Sport. Surf lifesaving champion Georgia Miller and Australian figure skater Mark Webster enlightened the athletes on their experiences in sport as guest speakers of the camp.

Swansea Belmont’s and long-time State Coach Jeff Mowbray lent his expertise to the program as Head Coach and was highly impressed by the abilities he saw from the young athletes.

“The kids have learnt a lot and they have been very proactive. The team at Sport and Recreation Academy put together mass activities that they’ve never done before and the youngsters adapted well,” said Mr Mowbray.

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Photo: The 2015 Junior Development Academy athletes

Fri 25 Sep 2015