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Junior Development Camp A Hit At AIS

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the development of junior bowlers and coaches when it hosted the National Junior Development Camp in July.

The successful camp held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra forms part of TBA’s newly developed High Performance strategy, focusing on developing initiatives to produce world-class Australian bowlers and coaches now and into the future.   

With 24 of Australia’s best up and coming junior bowlers attending the camp alongside the country’s best high performance coaches, the four days provided an opportunity for bowlers and coaches to learn the latest techniques both on and off the lanes.

During the camp, AMF Belconnen and AMF Tuggeranong held on lane sessions where the bowlers and coaches learned the latest information on reading lane conditions, equipment selection and swing analysis from National Coach Andrew Frawley.

While these on lane sessions proved a resounding success, the group also took home the latest knowledge in the areas of sports nutrition, psychology, preparation and recovery.

Having achieved sustained success in the international arena including on the pro tour, TBA CEO Cara Honeychurch knows personally what development camps can do for the sport now and into the future.

“Given the success of past development camps it made sense to re-introduce this for our up and coming junior bowlers and Silver coaches.  Providing opportunities to expose our athletes and coaches to the latest information and techniques is vital if we are to achieve long term success at an international level,” she said.

“I still vividly remember attending the AIS as a junior and know how much of a positive impact it had on my development.  There is something very special about attending the AIS, rubbing shoulders with other elite athletes and learning from some of Australia’s leading sports scientists and nutritionists.”  

With several bowlers and coaches from the group attending 2017 Asian Schools Championship in Malaysia in November, Australia won’t have to wait long to see the results from the 2017 National Junior Development camp.

Honeychurch also added that off the back of the positive feedback from this year’s camp, TBA is looking to invest in similar initiatives for bowlers and coaches next year.
“TBA will continue to invest in High Performance through future camps for our athletes and in 2018 we plan to conduct a National Coaching Conference to develop our coaches.  You can’t produce world-class athletes without outstanding coaches and we recognise the importance of upskilling our highly dedicated network of coaches. ”