JDP gives young stars a flying start to their sporting careers

23/3/17

Twenty four promising young Queensland athletes with a disability have been named in the 2017 Junior Development Program (JDP) coordinated by Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.

The 2017 JDP reflects the spread of sporting talent across Queensland, with representatives from:

  • Brisbane
  • Gold CoastJDP logo
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Toowoomba
  • Hervey Bay
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville
  • Mackay
  • Cairns

Competing in five sports:

  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Goalball
  • Boccia
  • Swimming
  • Athletics

The athletes range in age from 12 to 19 years.

Click here for the list of 2017 JDP squad members.

The 2017 program features a tier system within the elite Junior Development Squad to reflect the different levels of achievement and commitment.

The Shooting Stars Squad will support rising stars who have shown early potential in one or more sports.

“One of the things JDP athletes value the most is the opportunity to come to our JDP camps, meet other young people who have similar sporting dreams,” said Sport Development Coordinator Joe Moynihan.

“As well as receiving expert coaching and mentoring during training and personal development sessions, the camp also offers team-building activities that provide a fun atmosphere and encourage athletes to develop friendships that provide great support through their future sporting careers”. 

“This year, we’re planning one major camp at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, as it worked so well the last few years.”  

The JDP started as an annual program in 1988 and has supported some of Australia’s most successful young Paralympians including:

  • Geoff Trappett
  • Stephen Eaton
  • Karni Liddell
  • Rachael Dodds
  • Brenden Hall
  • Rheed McCracken

For more information about the Junior Development Program contact Sport Development Coordinator Joe Moynihan on (07) 3253 3333.

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