Four Hills youngsters have made the most of their 2023 Coles Little Athletics National High-Performance Camp held at the Gold Coast this week.
Matilda Webb and Caitlyn Martin from Winston Hills Little Athletics, Jack Proudfoot (Hills District Athletics) and Brendan Armstrong (Cherrybrook Athletics) were among more than 75 other top performing athletes born in 2009 who were invited to compete at the October 1-4 camp.
Matilda is aiming to do well in walking, a discipline which is not as easy as it looks. Australia have a strong international reputation in walking and Matilda could be our next star. She emerged champion in the 1500m walk at the 2023 Coles Australia LA Championships.
Her Winston Hills LA team-mate Caitlyn Martin, who lives in Baulkham Hills, finished second in the Coles Australian LA Championships in the high jump.
Jack Proudfoot is the state under-14 100m champion who finished second at the 2023 Australian LA Championships while Brendan is the reigning 1500m champion at the Sydney North Regional Championships.
All these youngsters are offered the opportunity to raise their careers thanks to the intensive programs at the camp.
All participants were chosen on their performances at the recent 2023 Coles Australian Little Athletics Championships and state events. The camp offered the athletes the opportunity to improve themselves, on the track, in recovery, preparation and psychology.
They were also made aware of the process that is required to assist with their own development, in the high-performance pathway.
The youngsters were mentored and supported by former Australian stars who shared their experiences during coaching sessions. Importantly, these international athletes gave invaluable tips regarding their journeys from juniors to Australian representation. Athletes took part in training sessions, workshops, recovery sessions, presentations, and social activities onsite.
“I am always very pleased to be able to contribute to the development of up and coming Little Athletes and look forward to meeting them at the camp,” said Australia’s first Olympic heptathlete champion, Glynis Nunn OAM, the driving force behind the camp since it began 11 years ago.
Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see Little Athletes performing at the best and enjoying themselves at the same time.”
Coles Little Athletics Australia CEO Myles Foreman commented that their camps are designed “to help our next generation of athletes get the extra training and mentoring they need to take them to the next level in their chosen event.
“With the support of some of Australia’s leading coaches and presenters, our Little Athletes will leave the camp ready to set a new personal best.”