From left, Tiffany Hodson, Samantha Woolnage and Kira Bliss were part of the scholarship program which has just come to an end at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba. PHOTO: Adam Hourigan
From left, Tiffany Hodson, Samantha Woolnage and Kira Bliss were part of the scholarship program which has just come to an end at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba. PHOTO: Adam Hourigan

Program proves a winner

SIX remodelled Clarence Valley youngsters have just rolled off the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre production line, closer to reaching their sporting ambitions.

And Athlete Development Scholarship Program instructor Regan Pullen could not be happier with the results.

Nor could the athletes.

“In terms of knowledge they have improved out of sight,” Pullen said.

“I don’t think they have changed their goals but they have got closer to reaching them.”

For six months the athletes were put through their paces by Pullen at their Yamba base.

They were taught everything from mental and physical well-being to diet to stretching.

They had earlier been given the opportunity after successfully applying through the sports centre.

Their reward: six months free admission to the gym.

Sixteen-year-old cricketer Tiffany Hodson was more than happy with her progress in that time.

“I’ve learnt the correct way to eat and stay healthy and I have learnt how it’s not that hard to stay fit if you do enough exercise on a regular basis,” she said.

With the current program cycle coming to an end on April 19, five new places will open up for the next budding stars.

So, who’s next?

“What I have tried to give them is why they are doing things, not just being an athlete,” Pullen said.

“I think it will be much the same (for the next batch). The last few weeks I have got them to do their own programs.”

The next program begins April 26, with all high-school aged children eligible to apply. Entry forms are available from the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre.

Classes run 4.30pm on Tuesdays.

Contact 6646 8822



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