Academy Tennis Players Attend Regional Talent Camp
8th June 2018
By Bianca Smith
Image: HAS Tennis squad
The 2018 Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) tennis squad were lucky enough to be visited by some of greats of their sport earlier this month, attending the Northumberland Region Talent Camp in Gosford.
Jasyn Hewitt-Shehadie from the National High Performance Academy, along with Simon Ede (12-15 years Boys National Coach), Tim Hill (Coach Education Co-ordinator) and 2 members of the Australian Junior Federation Cup Team - Renee McBryde and Ivana Popovic, attended over the camps duration.
Image: HAS Squad member Paris Cagney with Jasyn Hewitt-Shehadi
The HAS squad were put through their paces, participating in a series of on court drills and match play, as well as speed and agility testing which is benchmarked for the next 12 months.
The main focus of the camp was to keep consistency and control of the ball using a variety of shots under pressure.Intensity was also another key area that was highlighted, particularly with the Federation Cup team members there to show the HAS athletes how professional players train.
The athletes were on court for the morning sessions and spent the afternoon at a Foundation Coaching Course, which will allow them to assist as coaches at their local tennis centres.
The HAS tennis program is closely aligned with Northumberland Region Tennis/Tennis NSW and acts as a stepping stone for athletes to make the transition between being a successful club athlete, to that of a senior athlete who will be part of experiences such as, state and national representative teams, and state and national competition.
It is part of a broader group of regional academies that serve a similar purpose, helping feed talent development programs at a state and national level.