JUNIORS: Rescue duo in Aussie side for world champs, Hunter Academy Update

NATIONAL SELECTION: Jack Curran and Bailey Proud have been named in the Australian Youth Surf Lifesaving Team. Picture: Marina Neil.
NATIONAL SELECTION: Jack Curran and Bailey Proud have been named in the Australian Youth Surf Lifesaving Team. Picture: Marina Neil.

Redhead Surf Life Saving Club members Bailey Proud and Jack Curran have been named in the Australian Youth Life Saving Team to compete at the Life Saving World Championships.

The teenage duo, who compete mainly in pool-based events, are among 12 athletes who were narrowed down from a national squad picked in late 2017 after the New Zealand Pool Rescue Championships.

The 2018 world titles are being held in Adelaide from November 24 to December 2. It will be only the fourth time the biennial youth competition has been held since beginning in 2012. 

“There’s your classic iron-man events on the beach, and then there’s different aspects [in the pool],” Proud said. “There’s a lot of racing with rescue techniques and manikins.”

Proud, 18, will compete in multiple events in the pool and a beach tube rescue, while Curran, 18, will be focused just in the pool.  

They will face athletes from New Zealand and Europe.

“I’m stoked,” Curran said. “Especially because it’s on home turf too. It will be good to represent the country at home.”

The pair will head to a national orientation camp on the Gold Coast in a fortnight.

“We’ve got a really strong team, it’s a pretty close squad,” Proud said. “It will be good to get to know the coach and get some training tips and new ideas.”

HUNTER ACADEMY

The Academy tennis squad were visited by some tennis greats over the weekend at the Northumberland Region Talent Camp in Gosford.

National High Performance Academy’s Jasyn Hewitt-Shehadie, Simon Ede (12-15 yrs boys national coach), Tim Hill (coach education co-ordinator), and the Australian Junior Federation Cup Team’s Renee McBryde and Ivana Popovic attended.

The squad participated in on court drills and match play, as well as bench-marked speed and agility testing.

The main focus of the camp was to keep consistency and control of the ball using a variety of shots under pressure. Intensity was another key area highlighted, particularly with the Fed Cup members there to show how professional players train.

They squad also spent time at a Foundation Coaching Course, which will allow them to assist as coaches at their local tennis centres.

The HAS tennis program is closely aligned with Northumberland Region Tennis/Tennis NSW and acts as a stepping stone for athletes to make the transition to a senior athlete who will be part of state and national representative teams, and state and national competition.