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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 March, 2016 - Surfing Great Britain announced today their 2016 Junior Team and the coaching schedule for the honored athletes. An exciting addition to this announcement is that in light of the possible inclusion of Surfing in the Olympics, this also signifies the start of the Team GB development squad leading to Tokyo 2020.

This outlines the process of team selection for the U16 and U18 (boys and girls) Great Britain Squad for 2016. Including selection for any international competition / representation, which Team GB may attend in 2016. Surfing GB / Team GB will also support home nations federation teams in their selection process.

Selection for the 2016 team has been determined based on the subsequent criteria: Automatic squad selection for those individuals who represented Great Britain at the 2015 ISA World Surfing Games. The top four ranked surfers in the U16 & U18 boys and top three in the U16 & 18 girls divisions based on the standings at the end of the UK Pro Tour 2015 season will be automatically selected where applicable.

U16 & U18 boys and girls who made the final at either the Aquajuice British School Championships or the British National Championships will be selected where applicable.

njury Wildcard Selection, an injury wildcard/s will be handed out to any U16 & U18 male or female surfer who was selected in the previous seasons squad but missed over 50% of the training due to injury or illness.

Additional Wildcard applications will be accepted up until Monday 14th March 2016 for all divisions. Wildcard applicants will need to submit video footage of no older than three months, accompanied with national / international competition results and a personal statement of no longer than 300 words. This will need to be submitted via email to teamgb@surfinggb.com. Successful wildcard applicant/s will be announced on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

2016 GB Junior Squad in Brief

(Listed randomly)

U16 Boys Squad
Eno James, Kit Innes, Will Masterman, Kamron Matthews, Seth Morris, Barnaby Cox

Ellie Turner, Kitty Brewer, Mischa Maguire, Rosie O’neill, Amy Dyer, Lilly Mandeville, Jess Knight, *Ffion Hughes (Qualified through her U18 2015 tour ranking)

U18 Boys Squad
Jake Elkington, Liam Murray Strout, Charlie Rio, Arran Strong, George Hudson, Harry DeRoth. Angus Scotney, Hayden Bishop,Ben Tucker, Will Bailey, Noah Biersack, *Max Payne, Storm Wall, *Cieran Hughes, *Logan Nicol

U18 Girls Squad
Rachel O Brian, Bethan Lewis, Ruby Breadon, *Niamh Mathias (Qualified through her U18 2015 tour ranking)

NB: Surfers with a ‘*’ next to their name are ineligible for selection under the Team GB banner for the 2016 ISA Worlds, Azores as the athlete competed for Wales in an ISA Competition less than 12 months prior. Nevertheless the athletes have been included in the squad for ‘Team GB’ training events and in light of the possible inclusion of Surfing in the Olympics, therefore signifying the start of the Team GB development squad leading to Tokyo 2020.

2016 Squad Selection in Detail

Automatic Selection U16 Boys who were part of the 2015 Travelling team to ISA Worlds in California: Eno James, Kit Innes

U16 Boys UK Pro Tour Rankings
Will Masterman (UK Pro Tour 2nd Ranked)
Kamron Matthews (UK Pro Tour 3rd Ranked)
Storm Wall (UK Pro Tour 4th Ranked)|
*Cieran Hughes (UK Pro Tour 6th Ranked)
Barnaby Cox (UK Pro Tor 8th Ranked)

U16 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British Nationals who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
1) *Logan Nicol (Finished 3rd in the final)

U16 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British School Championships who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Seth Morris (Finished 4th in the final)

Automatic Selection U18 Boys who were part of the 2015 Travelling team to ISA Worlds in California:
Jake Elkington, Liam Murray Strout, Charlie Rio, Arran Strong, George Hudson

U18 Boys UK Pro Tour Rankings
Harry DeRoth (UK Pro Tour 1st Ranked)
Angus Scotney (UK Pro Tour 2nd Ranked)
Hayden Bishop (UK Pro Tour 9th Ranked)
Ben Tucker (UK Pro Tour 10th Ranked)

U18 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British Nationals who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Will Bailey (Finished 2nd in the final)

U18 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British School Championships who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Charlie Rio (Finished 1st in the final)
*Max Payne (Finished 3rd in the final)

U18 Boys Injury Wildcard from the 2015 Season
1) Noah Biersack (Missed 2015 selection programme after serious leg break)

Automatic Selection U16 Girls who were part of the 2015 Travelling team to ISA Worlds in California:
Ellie Turner, Kitty Brewer

U16 Girls UK Pro Tour Rankings
Ruby Breadon (UK Pro Tour 1st Ranked)
Mischa Maguire (UK Pro Tour 2nd Ranked)
Rosie O’neill (UK Pro Tour 3rd Ranked)

U16 Girls who made the final at the 2015 British Nationals who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Amy Dyer (Finished 4th in the final)

U16 Girls who made the final at the 2015 British School Championships who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
1) Bethan Lewis (Finished 3rd in the final)

U18 Girls UK Pro Tour Rankings
*Niamh Mathias (UK Pro Tour 6th ranked, once Welsh Nationals result of 2nd U18’s 860 points and 1110 points from the Boardmasters result)

*Ffion Hughes (UK Pro Tour 7th ranked, once Welsh Nationals result of 4th U18’s 675 points and 976 points from the Boardmasters result)

Rachel O Brian (UK Pro Tour 8th Ranked after inclusion of Welsh surfer results)

Lilly Mandeville (UK Pro Tour 9th Ranked after inclusion of Welsh surfer results)

Jess Knight (UK Pro Tour 10th Ranked after inclusion of Welsh surfer results)

NB: Surfers with a ‘*’ next to their name are ineligible for selection under the Team GB banner for the 2016 ISA Worlds, Azores as the athlete competed for Wales in an ISA Competition less than 12 months prior. Nevertheless the athletes have been included in the squad for ‘Team GB’ training events and in light of the possible inclusion of Surfing in the Olympics, therefore signifying the start of the Team GB development squad leading to Tokyo 2020.

Primary Squad Event, 2016

British Schools Surfing Championships, April 23rd – 24th will be the primary squad event for the 2016 campaign, Location TBC. All UK based squad members are expected to compete in this ‘Event’ and also attend the compulsory squad meeting at the competition site on the evening of the 23rd April at approximately 5pm, after the final heat has been completed. The location for this meeting will be communicated to you no later than Friday 22nd April.

Squad Training Camp, Moilets 2016

Dates: Monday May 30th 2016 – Saturday June 04th 2016

Location: Moilets, SW France

Moilets, France Training Camp Overview

Surfing GB have teamed up with our friends at ‘Star Surf Camps’ to offer squad members a training camp in the vibrant town of Moliets, the perfect mixture of surfing and living the good life. The powerful beach breaks of SW France offer the squad the perfect chance to train in waves similar to those found at various international competition venues. Located just north of Hossegor, Europe’s surfing capital, Moliets is internationally known for its incredible waves and great summer vibes - the perfect formula for a fantastic and unforgettable training camp.

The Training Camp will be based in Moilets, France, (http://www.starsurfcamps.com/locations/moliets-france/)  with the option of travelling around the coastline to source the most suitable surf conditions, giving the coaching staff the chance to judge the surfers adaptability.

The training camp will consist of intensive heat training, video analysis, classroom based coaching sessions, fitness tests, strength and conditioning training, a professional physiotherapist screening, team bonding activities and will act as a chance for the UK based surfers to compete against the internationally based UK surfers.

In addition to the performance related criteria, under the supervision of the Surfing GB management team, the ‘Moilets Training Camp’ will act as a key opportunity to witness how the squad interact, and behave away from parents / carers.

Dates – Monday 30th May 2016 – Saturday 04th June 2016.

All further details about the camp will be communicated to the squad members directly via email.

‘Boot Camp’ Training Weekend 1

July 22nd - 24th Location SW Cornwall.

All further details about the camp will be communicated to the squad members directly via email.

Surfing GB is proud to confirm the 2016 GB Junior management team has been selected in preparation for any international competition / representation, which Team GB may attend in 2016.

Team Manager – Chris Brown

Head Coach – Damon Beveridge

Girls Coach – Caroline Perret

Team Physiotherapist – John Moore

Team Nutritionist – Ashton Tregoning

Team psychologist - Russ Pierre

In addition to the long standing team member Damon Beveridge, we welcome back from the 2015 management team Chris Brown as the ‘Team Manager’ as he looks to build on last years impressive 11th place out of 36 nations, Chris has an impressive background in both Surf School and Surfer management, as well as professional Surf Coaching. We also see John Moore return to the set up

John has established roots in the South Hams with his practice at The Hen House in Kingsbridge, Devon. The father-of-two is utilising the skills he has gained to benefit the communities of Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth and most recently the GB Junior Surf Team.

Having most recently worked at a private practice in Exeter following five years as the lead physiotherapist for Exeter Chiefs, John has strong credentials within the sporting world. He has spent more than a decade in private practice after gaining experience in orthopaedic, geriatric, paediatric and neurological departments of NHS hospitals.

John has more than 20 years of physiotherapy experience and knowledge of strength, conditioning and rehabilitation thus ensuring the swift return to full fitness for elite athletes, amateur sports people and non-athletes alike.

We welcome new ‘Girls Coach’ Caroline Perret Black to the team, Caroline, who was born in SW France and now resides in Cornwall, has enjoyed a long and successful career competing on the WQS tour. Caroline has recently turned her attention to coaching, giving the next generation of elite athletes invaluable knowledge to maximise performance.

Russ Pierre – Specalist Mind Coach, Russ aims to 'Engage and Inspire Personal Progression', by providing psychological and Emotional Coaching that will assist the athletes towards gaining a little strength, some encouragement with Sporting Goals, Career Aspirations and confidence whilst learning how to control an athletes emotions during their heats, semis and finals.

Ashton Tregoning – Nutritionist, Ashton is a trained nutritionist who will work with each squad member individually to ensure they are fuelling their bodies with the correct liquids and solids to encourage maximum output when training and competing.

Over the coming weeks the team will construct their performance schedule for the squad, which will include the setting of training weekends and any other requirements. A meeting will be held at the British Schools Surfing Championships on Saturday April 23rd at approximately 5pm (after the last heat of the day’s competition), squad members and their parents/guardians are expected to attend. This meeting will be used to introduce the management, inform the squad of all relevant information and give everyone an opportunity to ask questions.

Surfing GB would like to thank the management team for volunteering and passionately ensuring the future development of the squad and its surfers.

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