A group of the state’s most talented surf sport athletes will be out to impress the selectors when they travel to Sydney for a development camp next weekend; the prize on offer? A trip to South Australia for the 2018 Interstate Championships.
Forty-four athletes from clubs across the state have been invited to participate in the one-day training program at the Sydney Academy of Sport next Saturday with the senior coaching staff on hand to put the high-performance athletes through their paces.
Many of the athletes selected are considered bright prospects in Surf Sports having already achieved glory on the state and national stage.
While not all will be selected in the final team they will be looking forward to the chance to enhance their future representative ambitions.
NSW has a strong history at the Interstate Championships having engaged in some titanic struggles with the Queenslanders in recent years.
After finishing second in 2017 those who are ultimately selected will relish the challenge of bringing back the trophy to NSW.
NSW Sports Development Officer Tim Piper said the camp is an important stepping stone with preparations for the Interstate Championships continuing to ramp up.
“Because it’s still early in the season many of the athletes haven’t had much of a chance to compete yet.
“Our aim of bringing everyone together is to create strong team chemistry, work on combinations while also giving the younger athletes the chance to train with their experienced counterparts,” said Mr Piper.
“It’s an exciting time of the year with this strong training squad highlighting the incredible depth we currently have in NSW. The sky’s the limit for these athletes, and I know we’re all looking forward to seeing what they can achieve in the surf and on the beach this summer,” he concluded.
The final team will gradually be whittled down over coming weeks with the 24-strong squad (consisting of 12 open and 12 youth athletes) to be confirmed in December.
SLSNSW 2018 Interstate Training Squad
- Matthew Bell (Newport SLSC)
- Jackson Borg (Newport SLSC)
- Harry Braddish (Umina SLSC)
- Lachlan Braddish (Umina SLSC)
- Luke Chaffer (Cudgen Headland SLSC)
- Ethan Coates (Redhead SLSC)
- Hayden Copping (Redhead SLSC)
- Lily Costello (Redhead SLSC)
- Emily Doyle (Manly LSC)
- Jake Evans (Elouera SLSC)
- James Finn (Newport SLSC)
- Kaimana Fittock (Bulli SLSC)
- Finn Flaherty (Avoca Beach SLSC)
- Grace Gurr (Newport SLSC)
- Ngaire Hadfield (Cronulla SLSC)
- Noah Havard (North Bondi SLSC)
- Olivia Heaton (Newport SLSC)
- Ben Highfield (North Cronulla SLSC)
- Bailey Johns (Avoca Beach SLSC)
- Joshua Jones (Cudgen Headland SLSC)
- Chris King (Elouera SLSC)
- Emma Livingstone (Avoca Beach SLSC)
- Madison Louw (Newport SLSC)
- Chloe Mannix-Power (Cronulla SLSC)
- Hannah Minogue (Newport SLSC)
- Zach Morris (Newport SLSC)
- Lara Moses (Newport SLSC)
- Nicola Owen (Redhead SLSC)
- Alexandra Rampoldi (North Cronulla SLSC)
- Naomi Scott (Manly LSC)
- Brock Scrivener (Mollymook SLSC)
- Zara Sharman (Bulli SLSC)
- Jamee Smith (Wanda SLSC)
- Jemma Smith (Umina SLSC)
- Isaac Smith (Newport SLSC)
- Madison Spencer (Newport SLSC)
- Matthew Sperring (Elouera SLSC)
- Callum Sutton (Terrigal SLSC)
- Mitchell Trim (Newport SLSC)
- Anthea Warne (Cudgen Headland SLSC)
- Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi SLSC)
- Rachel Wood (Umina SLSC)
- Sam Zustovich (Mollymook SLSC)
Tuesday 14 November 2017