Top sports get top coaching
BYRON BAY High School's Talented Sports Program is achieving remarkable results for the school's 19 participants.
The scheme aims to provide comprehensive training for juniors focusing on a possible future career in sport.
Vital areas are covered, including nutrition, running technique, sport psychology, goal-setting, media training and public speaking.
School sports co-ordinator Kelley Caoyonan said the program's scheme was reaping benefits.
"We've seeing some fantastic results within our group already," she said.
"It's nice to be able to assist young athletes build on to what they know. Training is one thing, but knowledge and understanding about what the program offers is vital.
"The desired outcomes won't be achieved for these 19 students without commitment to all aspects of the program such as nutrition, goal-setting and everything else.
"These athletes have the best opportunities to achieve great sporting outcomes long after they finish school, in fact forever."
Selection to the scheme was based on sporting merit and application and commitment to school.
Student Alex Barnes said the advice from specialist coaches had been very helpful.
"One of the main focuses is on setting realistic goals and achieving them, based around training," he said.
"A North Coast Academy running coach is teaching us various techniques, while a specialist gym coach designed programs especially for us.
After only five weeks, we've all learned so much." The 13-year-old said the students were benefiting from the excellent teaching being supplied.
"Ms Caoyonan is fantastic," he said.
"Being a great athlete herself, she's inspirational and very supportive.
"She knows so much and is happy to share her knowledge so we can improve in our chosen sports."