Juniors learn from the best
FOUR Far North Coast surf lifesavers have taken part in the NSW Junior Development Academy camp this week.
Ginger Allen, Beau Carter, Madeline Crawley and Kalani Ives joined other surf lifesavers from around the state, with the camp aimed at 12- to 14-year-olds
Throughout the three-day program at the Sydney Academy of Sport on Sydney's Northern Beaches, the athletes participated in training sessions under the eagle eyes of some of the best surf sports coaches going around.
They attended discussions on nutrition, had their skills and techniques analysed and were introduced to high-performance and recovery techniques.
For most of the talented athletes it was the first time that they had been exposed to a high- performance environment.
Beau Carter represented the Byron Bay club while the girls were from Cudgen Headland and Yamba.
"It's been a lot of fun meeting new people and we've made a lot of new friends,” Beau said.
"I've been doing it since I was in the Under-8s so I'm starting to get more experience and it's a good time to be able to learn new skills.”
Beau and the other Far North Coast lifesavers were in elite company with many of this year's group boasting resumes that include medal success at the NSW and NSW Country championships.
Their names will now sit along- side those who have participated in programs past with many of those having gone on to represent NSW and Australia in surf lifesaving.
One interested observer who delivered a well-received presentation was London Olympic gold medallist and former surf life- saver Murray Stewart, who left quite an impression on these aspiring athletes.