Junior bowlers urged to apply

NORTH Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) is seeking junior lawn bowlers to apply for its upcoming 2011 Lawn Bowling program.

Supported by NSW Sport & Recreation and Southern Cross University, NCAS, with the support of Royal NSW Bowls Association and the two underpinning lawn bowls zones (1 and 14), the program has been identifying and developing talented junior bowlers since 2001.

The lawn bowls program is recognised as a vital stepping stone in the development of talented junior players from regional to state level.

The NCAS Lawn Bowls program began in 2001 and services the two underpinning lawn bowl zones (Zone 1 includes the district associations of Tweed-Byron, Northern Rivers and Clarence and Zone 14 covers the Mid North Coast and Lower North Coast District associations).

A squad of up to 20 athletes are selected each year from athletes who have a proven record at junior district championship level or higher.

thletes should be turning 14-17 in the year of their selection, however the selection committee will consider athletes outside this range who have already achieved outstanding results or have displayed exceptional potential for their age.

The 2011 program will be lead by former Australian lawn bowler Shane Globits as head coach.

The primary emphasis of the program is on individualised skill development and correction for each athlete, as well as encouraging and monitoring athletes’ home training programs, and their training and competition diaries.

Video analysis, teaching rules of the game and ancillary education in sports psychology, sports nutrition and drugs awareness also forms part of the curriculum.

To be eligible to trial, athletes must be preferably be aged 14 to 17 years, and be an active member of a bowls club within the NCAS catchment area which covers Zone 1 and 14.

A recent history of performances at club, district and zone level will be strongly favoured in the selection process with boys expected to have played at pennant level and girls to District and Zone Junior level.

The selection panel will assess applicants on past performance and current performance using skill assessment of particular skills.

The selection day will be held at the Sawtell Bowling and Recreation Club on Sunday, April 3 from 10am until 12:30. Further information regarding the selection process is contained within the information pack.

The selection committee will be made up of NCAS coaches and RNSWBA delegates. A squad of up to 20 may be selected.

Visit www.ncas.org.au or phone 6620 3073. Applications close 5pm today.

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