Chance to get on academy program
THE North Coast Academy of Sport surf life saving program is calling for nominations for athletes from branches, clubs, coaches and individuals for the 2011-12 program, which will run from July until January.
About 35 athletes are selected annually into the academy surf life saving program, which is endorsed by Surf Life Saving NSW.
The program is seeking talented athletes who are aged 14-20 between October 1 in the year of selection and September 30 in the following year.
Athletes who are younger than 14 are not eligible.
The new squad will undertake an athlete induction, fitness testing on board, ski and swim, skills assessment using video analysis on board and ski, and a general discussion of season preparation and training requirements.
The academy surf life saving program’s primary focus is on developing each athlete’s skills and fitness in preparation for branch, country, state and national championships in the coming season.
As well as the sport-specific weekends, athletes, their parents and squad coaches will also attend an education camp in November, where specialist consultants will provide lectures and workshops on sports nutrition, drugs awareness, sports psychology, core strength, injury prevention, time management and media relations skills.
The academy’s surf life saving program has delivered this format since it was established in 2002.
It was the first regionally based and junior identification and development program of its type in Australia. The program is underpinned by three surf life saving branches, at Mid North Coast, North Coast and Far North Coast.
The strength of the partnership between the academy and the supporting branches is further enhanced by nominated coaches from each branch becoming assistant coaches of the academy squad, which allows for ongoing coaching, monitoring and encouragement in between academy squad camps. As well as attending each camp, these coaches provide coaching and encouragement to athletes between each camp.
By working with head coach Peter Kirkwood and other assistant coaches, each coach gains knowledge and experience, which is reinvested in juniors at club and branch level.
Application forms are located in the “downloads” section on the academy homepage at www.ncas.org.au.
Applications, which must be endorsed by a club, close at 5pm on May 16.
For more information phone (02) 6620 3073.