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Layne Beachley hosts High Performance Camp

Layne Beachley & happy campers © Beau Brenchley



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Seven times ASP Women's World Champion Layne Beachley trains new crop of Aussies

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 June, 2011 : - - Coolangatta -- Seven times ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley has played host to eleven of Australia’s next up and coming female junior surfing talents , with her national development camp being held at Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre (HPC) at Casuarina, NSW.

All participants who attended this exclusive camp had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with the queen of surfing, as she took time out of her busy schedule to surf, train and mentor the athletes chosen for this unique opportunity.

Participants were hand selected by their respective state branches to attend the all expenses paid five day camp which was a scholarship initiative designed by Surfing Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and the Illicit Drugs In Sport program (IDIS).

The High Performance camp was created with the aim of developing Australia’s best up and coming junior female surfers to help them make a smooth transition into becoming a professional athlete. “The great thing about the High Performance camps is that the participants are identified as future champions,” said Beachley.

“The kids are brought into this environment with like minded athletes in a very safe, controlled and enthusiastic situation and are provided with the knowledge, education platform and of course the resources which the HPC provide. All of these elements give participants a fundamental foundation to determine whether this is what they want to pursue.”

“I get an immense amount of satisfaction from these camps. It gives me a chance to reflect on where my career began. I love imparting my knowledge to girls who are so eager to learn as well as the opportunity to be able to give something back to surfing,” she said. The five day Layne Beachley High Performance Camp, which ran from June 10-14, was organised by Surfing Australia’s HPC and focused on becoming a professional athlete.

The Layne Beachley High Performance Camp included; daily surf sessions with video analysis, onsite strength and conditioning training with Surfing Australia’s Sports Science Manager Dr Jeremy Sheppard, and coaching and guidance from five of Australia’s best coaches, It also included fitness evaluations and specifically designed fitness programs for each athlete, Breath Enhancement Training (B.E.T), media training and sponsorship management.



Junior athletes chosen for the 2011 Layne Beachley High Performance Camp included;
Holly-Sue Coffey (NSW)
Cali McDonagh (NSW)
Indianna Green (NSW)
Alysse Cooper (NSW)
Isabella Nichols (QLD)
Jade Wheatley (QLD)
Zoe Clarke (VIC)
Kelly Laity (VIC)
Tayla Hanak (SA)
Luciana Burke (WA)
Elizabeth Stokely (TAS)

Professional coaches chosen to train and guide athletes included;
Martin Dunn (Surfing Australia’s National Coaching Director)
Gary Cruickshank (Surfing Australia’s High Performance Surf Coach)
Dr Jeremy Sheppard (Surfing Australia’s Sport Science Manager)
Kara Webber (Surfing Queensland Surf Coach)
Jessica Atkinson (Surfing South Australia Surf Coach)

Not only were the chosen athletes treated to a ‘money can’t buy’ experience but all campers were eligible to win the Most Promising Award, with the winner surfing away with a custom surfboard of their choice provided by BASE surfboards as well as their name being engraved on the perpetual trophy.

At the completion of the camp, the Most Promising Award went to Queensland’s Isabella Nichols. Through the delivery of specialised camps such as the Layne Beachley and Mark Richards High Performance Camps, Surfing Australia continues to cement its reputation as Australia’s peak surf training facility.

The 2011 Layne Beachley High Performance Camp was proudly supported by Surfing Australia, The Australian Sports Commission, the Illicit Drugs In Sport Program, BASE surfboards, Suncorp, Coastalwatch, TravelSim and Casuarina Beach. 

Upcoming High Performance Camps include: Mark Richards High Performance Camp June 15 – 19, 2011.

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Jake White

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