Academy Athletes Swap Fields for Keyboards
14th April 2020
By Bianca Smith
(HAS Greater Bank Netballer Brooke Rooney making the most of her online strength & conditioning program at home)
Some of the Hunter’s most promising athletes have swapped the sporting field for a keyboard to help them stay on their game.
Amidst the current evolving status of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) are working hard behind the scenes to enable all current athletes have access to exclusive state-of-the-art online home programs accessible via an online portal.
Close to 400 pre-elite Hunter athletes had their Academy programs cut short by the current pandemic, which included the cancellation of the 2020 Your Local Club Academy Games set to run from April 3rd – 5th, 2020.
Adapting to the current climate, HAS staff and consultants are currently delivering online education programs for the near 400 athletes, encouraging them to keep healthy and active within the confinement of their home.
The programs are interactive and delivered via TeamApp, an internal communication platform utilised by the Academy. They include instructional skills-based sessions in Strength and Conditioning delivered by Anthony Webb from Innovate Sport Specific Conditioning, healthy recipes and cooking classes from Rebecca Haslem and Kelsey Tobin from Nutrient Nation and Goal Setting and Resilience workbooks provided by Sports Psychologist Fiona McCarthy.
Sallie Partridge, Sports Programs Manager for HAS said of the online programs, “In such a challenging environment, we are lucky to be so well supported by our education partners, all of whom have jumped straight on board to continue to support our athletes in their home environments.”
“For many programs, the Academy Games would have been the pinnacle and finale for the year but we all feel it is important to keep in touch and stay connected. Our athletes are amazing, motivated young leaders with fantastic support coaches who are all doing their bit under trying circumstances.”
Chief Executive Officer Brett O’Farrell added, “Our current environment is showing us that innovation is more vital than ever. High Performance Sport is just another industry where its participants need to adapt in order to grow. Our brilliant, young athletes continue to inspire us and show us that this is just an obstacle to overcome in their pursuit of excellence.”
"The age-old sporting proverb that states 'if you are standing still in sport, you are probably going backwards' has never been so true," he concluded.