Rookie juniors will trial for the North Coast Academy of Sport program at Sawtell this Friday.
Rookie juniors will trial for the North Coast Academy of Sport program at Sawtell this Friday. FILE

Academy seeks junior bowlers

NORTH Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) is seeking junior lawn bowlers to apply for the 2011 program.

The program commenced in 2001 and services Zone 1, including the district associations of Tweed-Byron, Northern Rivers and Clarence, and Zone 14, covering the Mid North Coast and Lower North Coast District associations.

A squad of up to 20 is selected each year from athletes with a proven record at junior district championship level or higher.

Athletes should be turning 14-17 years of age in the year of their selection.

But the selection committee will consider athletes outside this range who have already achieved outstanding results or have displayed exceptional potential for their age.

The 2011 program will be led by former Australian representative Shane Globits as head coach.

Shane has previously been ranked at number one in the country, represented in international competitions and played more than 100 games for Queensland.

Along with other coaching staff he will play a vital role in the delivery of the new program.

The format is weekend camps and training days based around the two zones.

The program will also have a compulsory tournament schedule.

Key goals include increasing the measurable skill levels of each squad member with the objective of enabling academy athletes to gain selection into the NSW Junior Bowls Association state squad and then the Royal NSW Bowling Association under-25 squad.

The primary emphasis of the program is on individualised skill development and correction for each athlete, as well as encouraging and monitoring athletes’ home training programs and their training and competition diaries.

Video analysis, teaching rules of the game and ancillary education in sports psychology, sports nutrition and drugs awareness also form part of the curriculum.

To be eligible to trial, athletes must preferably be aged 14 to 17 years and be an active member of a bowls club within the NCAS catchment.

A recent history of performances at club, district and zone level will be strongly favoured in the selection process with boys expected to have played at pennant level and girls to district and zone junior level.

The selection panel will assess applicants on past performance and current performance using skill assessment of particular skills.

Selection day will be at Sawtell Bowling and Recreation Club on Sunday, April 3, from 10am.

For more information and to download the application form, visit www.ncas.org.au or phone the NCAS office on 02 6620 3073.

Application close at 5pm this Friday.



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