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Surfing NSW appoint new state coaching director

Hamish Nelson with Ryan Callinan ©  Renee` Miller / Surfing NSW  

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Surfing NSW names Hamish Nelson to position

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 January, 2011 : - - Surfing NSW is excited to announce the new Appointment of State Coaching Director Hamish Nelson. With Australian Sports Commission funding provided by Surfing Australia to help with this appointment, Mark Windon (Chief Executive Officer, Surfing NSW) is enthusiastic about the enhancement Hamish will bring to the junior development of the sport.

"Hamish has over 10 years experience coaching at an elite level, this appointment will allow us to strengthen what we have had in place with junior development over the past few years, he has been instrumental in the career of Laura Enever who will embark on her ASP Women's World Tour campaign at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast in February."

As well as coaching Enever, talented brother and sister duo Tyler - who has just signed a 5 year deal with Rip Curl, and Owen Wright - currently ranked no. 7 on the ASP World Rankings, are thrilled about Hamish's new position. "We are both so excited Hamish has been chosen for this new role, his great coaching techniques have helped us and our team achieve our goals on so many occasions".

Hamish is enthusiastic to be a part of the new national program which will link coaches in all Australian surfing states ensuring uniform elite coaching methods around the country.

"It's great that Surfing Australia and the Australian Sports Commission has initiated the program and given surfing the recognition by investing more money into the sport, it can only get bigger and it gives us (Surfing NSW) the opportunity to reach more surfers".

Funded by the Australian Sports Commission to develop Australian surfers to their ultimate potential, the new role will see Hamish work closely with Surfing Australia's National Coaching Director Martin Dunn who is delighted to see Martin in the top spot.

"I gladly welcome his appointment, and know he has the resources and capabilities to work with and mentor the extensive talent pool in NSW".
Dunn says the Program will be athlete centered but coach driven, with ongoing support and professional development of the coaches in each state being provided.

"Along with working directly with the elite of NSW surfing, Hamish will be implementing a new National Development Plan, working closely with surfers and mentoring coaching state-wide."

The State Coaching Director will implement the National High Performance Development Program, an initiative of Surfing Australia. The intent is to develop surfers and provide ongoing support, using the world's best practice in all regional coaching, training camps, and competition setting, with the ultimate aim being to maintain Australia's number one ranking in global surfing.

NSW has the largest resident surf population in Australia and with junior surfers dotted all over the most accessible surf coastline in the country, the funding will provide more opportunities for NSW surfers.

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Dave Prodan

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