Twenty members of the Association’s 2019 Junior Development Program (JDP) enjoyed hard work and good times at the annual live in camp at Tallebudgera Leisure Centre on the Gold Coast in early July.
The promising athletes aged 13-19 years came from across the state including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville, Mackay and Cairns. They were supported by JDP Coordinator Nick Such and 6 coaches from Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Boccia and Athletics.
As well as training sessions, the athletes attended presentations on Strength and Conditioning, Anti-Doping information updates and a special presentation on building how to engage and work with media as an athlete. We extend our thanks to Sporting Wheelies Stakeholder Engagement Officer Martin Grose for leading this session.
JDP camp coordinator Nick Such said “the camp provided a valuable opportunity for athletes to get to know other young people with disabilities and fast-track their development. It’s amazing how a bond of friendship can be made in such a short time through sport,” he said.
“It was exciting to watch the athletes pick up new skills and develop in front of your eyes into potential champions. “The young athletes were more than willing to engage in sports other than their own, try new things and have fun along the way.”
“The last day of camp the athletes were able to have a go at the 10m high climbing wall. Some were very nervous and initially reluctant, but the support shown by all to each other soon turned that apprehension to achievement when they rattled the chains at the top of the wall. That defines what a camp like JDP does.”
On behalf of this years participants in the Junior Development Camp, we would like to thank the 2019 JDP Camp coaches and support staff Matt Andersen (camp wellness), Tom Kyle (wheelchair basketball coach), Adam Darragh (wheelchair basketball coach), Michael Oxley (wheelchair basketball coach), Stephen Eaton (Boccia coach), Karen Gilchrist (Swimming coach) and Murray Goodwin (Athletics coach). We would also like to thank the Titans for being part of this years camp. The support you show for the Association is great and our juniors thoroughly enjoyed your visit.