Western Region Academy of Sport to host orientation for the 2017 squad at Charles Sturt University

Over 150 athletes, parents and squad staff will flock to Charles Sturt University this weekend, for the Western Region Academy of Sport’s (WRAS) orientation for the 2017 squads.

PRODIGY: Eliza Bennett is one of the Western Region Academy of Sport's 2017 squad members. Photo: ANDREW TROVAS, ST GEORGE CYCLING CLUB 020415bennett

PRODIGY: Eliza Bennett is one of the Western Region Academy of Sport's 2017 squad members. Photo: ANDREW TROVAS, ST GEORGE CYCLING CLUB 020415bennett

Far travelling and local WRAS athletes, their parents and squad staff will participate in workshops, team building, functional movement screening and skills training sessions this weekend. 

WRAS executive officer Candice Boggs said this weekend will be the first event for the new squad, with a chance for them make an impression.

“Bathurst makes up the majority of athletes, but we get quite a few from Blayney and Lithgow too,” Ms Bloggs said.

“We have some strong cyclists, netballers and basketballers.

“We’ll provide many training sessions with coaches for our upstart athletes and we hope to continue a high level of training and education.” 

A new education session will be implemented for athletes this year, including a focus on psychology and nutrition training.

“Psychology plays a huge part for athletes,” Ms Boggs said.

“You can be physically fit, but if you are not psychologically right, that can lead to some bad results.” 

Tenpin bowling will be introduced to the academy this year, with hockey making a return after a short hiatus. 

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