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Education Programme

Hunter Academy of Sports (HAS) is now calling for nominations from athletes interested in trialling for a position in the HAS 2016-2017 harness racing talent development program.This program is supported by Harness Racing NSW and provides recognition and motivation to identified emerging talented athletes.

New South Wales Mini Trot Association NSWMTA Hunter Academy of Sport

2016-2017 HAS program overview

Program Coordinator: Daryll Jackson

A pathway program for high performance including healthy lifestyle and integrity has been created utilising the Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) in partnership with various venues and facilities around the state. At present the mini-trots program assists children aged 5-17 and focuses on education for riding safety and welfare, an Academy program would be those new to competitive driving and have been identified as possible talented drivers aged 14-18 in the pre-elite category. The main focus of the Academy program is to create junior development to educate off-track, or out-of-racing.

A pilot program has been identified for the Hunter Region, and given success the aim is to roll out very quickly in other key areas/regions of the state.

The program will consist of two education sessions of 3-4 hours as follows (dates may change due to specialist availability):

Session One – Health & Wellbeing National Park Sportsground No.2 Grandstand Complex (community room) – March 11th from 9am

Topics include:

  • Nutrition

  • Strength & Conditioning

  • Fitness testing stage one

  • Social media, promotional advice and the pitfalls

  • Alcohol and Social drug advice

  • Sports psychology & goal setting

Session Two – Sports Prep and Racing Focus Newcastle Harness Racing Track – April 1st from 9am

Topics include:

  • Re-action times training and testing

  • Stewards advice and integrity of the sport

  • Key industry rules and Regulations

  • Media Training – on camera and radio speaking

  • Tactical driving theory

  • Animal Welfare

(Fitness testing – feedback, results and recommendations from stage one)

How to Apply Complete the online nomination form by Tuesday 28 February 2017. Please provide a detailed playing history and include as much sport information as possible on your application.

This program is supported by:

Harness Racing New South Wales | NSW Mini Trots

Newcastle Harness Racing Club  | NSW Mini Trots

Squad selection/non-selection notification & program orientation You will receive your selection/non-selection notification after the date that nominations close. If successful, the firsts session meeting will be held on Saturday March 11th at the Hunter Academy offices at national sportsgrounds No.2 Newcastle West.

If you have any questions or concerns,

please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy office or reply to this email.

Hunter Academy of Sport 02 4926 4892

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