High hopes for BMX program

THE North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) last week launched its 2010 BMX program and is now seeking applications from prospective athletes for the squad.

NCAS executive director John Kincade says one year on, the program is starting to reap benefits.

“NCAS is looking forward to the second year of its BMX program to build on the highly successful inaugural year in 2008-09 and continue to support the national elite athlete pathway structure,” he said.

“The partnership between NCAS and BMX Northern Region has continued to develop over the last 12 months and focused on delivering a program that could meet the needs of the enormous pool of talent that exists within the north coast corner of NSW.”

Covering a region that includes clubs at Sawtell, Clarence Valley, Casino and Tamworth, BMX northern region has already developed athletes that have obtained both international and national level performances in recent years.

State governing body for the sport, BMX NSW, endorses the NCAS program.

“Our program has the specific aim of supporting already high-achieving athletes in the hope of improving their chances for national medals and national squad selection,” head coach Pete Rice said.

“Ultimately we hope to see a number of NCAS BMX riders gain national selection and compete at the UCI 2010 World BMX Championships being held in South Africa later this year.”

The squad will be limited to 20 athletes, the cream of the crop, to ensure a quality program is delivered.

Coaching visits from state and national-level coaches will both encourage athletes and coaches as well as the NCAS program is relevant to the national BMX coaching program.

Delivery of the program will be through a series of weekend training days and camps conducted between the months of February and June.

Additionally, an athlete education plan will be provided by NCAS to athletes and their parents that will include topis such as sports nutrition, sports physiology, sports psychology and drugs awareness.

Applications for the position of one assistant coach with the program are also being sought.

Coaches will need to have formal BMX coaching qualifications as well as a degree of coaching experience.

All positions within the program are held on a voluntary basis.

Both athlete and program staff applications must be received by Friday, January 29.

For information kits and application forms, visit www.ncas.org.au or phone 6620 3073.

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