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NATIONAL CAMP KICKSTARTS YOUTH WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN

first_img93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers took their first steps towards selection for the Federation of International Touch 2009 Youth World Cup after a comprehensive training camp at the Currimundi Fitness Centre at Currimundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2007.Players in National squads in the six FIT Youth World Cup age divisions – 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, and 18 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, were put through their paces by National Youth Coaches, National Open Coaches, and National Open players.Some of the sport’s biggest names gathered to provide support to help educate and guide the new breed of up and coming stars of the sport over a demanding weekend that included a variety of activities to develop the on and off field skills of Australia’s best youth talent.Touch Football Hall of Fame members Peter Mc Neven and Scott Notley joined current World Cup Open representatives Peta Rogerson, Gary Sonda, Tony Eltakchi, and Australian Open Women’s Captain Sharyn Williams as mentors at the camp.2007 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s World Cup winning coaches Tony Trad and Kerry Norman were also on hand to assist coach and player development.TFA’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, Elite Programs Director, Cathy Gray, and High Performance Coaching Director Ian Stanley, also attended to drive their respective areas of expertise to ensure the camp was successful in achieving numerous outcomes for participants, the program, and the sport itself.Players participated in a range of activities including fitness assessments, skills sessions, game play, mixed games, video analysis, recovery sessions, nutrition lectures, media engagements, and individual player debriefs.All Youth National squad members adapted to life well as Elite representatives of their chosen sport and trained and played with a high level of effort, endeavour, and effectiveness commiserate with players of the highest standard. It wasn’t all hard work for the Youth squads, with off the field fun that included a ropes course and an impromptu skit night organized by “The Blackest Cat” Entertainment Group.Tony Trad, Gary Sonda, Dean Russell, and Tony Eltakchi provided a great night of entertainment for the squads with a games night featuring special guest interviews and challenges.The Australian Youth squads contributed themselves with National 18 Years Girls representative Laura Chivers (the sport’s nomination for the next “Australian Idol”) stealing the show and earning a standing ovation from the crowd with her moving solo version of the Missy Higgins hit, “They weren’t there”.The Boys were not to be outdone with Jordan Marshall, Tyson Brough, and Nicholas Sword proving their footwork was just as good on the dance floor as it is on the touch field, and Jess Shaw and Genevieve La Caze did their best to “step up” and match the boys in an impromptu “dance off”.Players knuckled down well and impressed their coaches with their willingness to learn, eagerness to work, and their passion for wearing the green and gold.National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant was pleased with the outcomes of the camp and believes the tone for future set camps has been established.“Everyone deserves congratulations on a job well done this weekend. Player effort and behaviour was beyond reproach, and our Coaches planned and ran appropriate and valuable sessions for the camp’s duration. The input of our mentor players and coaches was fantastic and the venue staff and TFA staff worked well together to support what turned out to be an extremely successful camp. We are well positioned to mount a very strong challenge to regain the FIT World Youth Cup in Auckland in 2009,” Mr. Grant said.National Youth Squad members will be monitored in coming months at various TID tournaments and squads will be reviewed at the National 18 Years Championships to be played in Coffs Harbour from 18-22 September 2007.last_img

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