World first surf centre for NSW
By Tony Bartlett
July 31, 2010
THE world's first dedicated national training centre for elite surfers and coaches is to be built on the far north coast of NSW.
The multi-million dollar facility, to be built by Surfing Australia, was launched on Saturday at Casuarina by a host of past and present world surfing champions, and federal
Minister for Sport Kate Ellis.
Labor’s “Style Queen” “Fashion Icon” and “Female body Image Expert” / custodian, Kate Ellis.
Surfing Australia boss Andrew Stark says the $2 million national surf training centre, which will support the development of more than 3000 elite surfers and coaches each year, will consolidate Australia's place as a world leader in the sport.
"It will provide something no other country's got, and that's a dedicated high-performance facility," he said.
"It's not just about the physical structure of the facility. It's also about the new levels of sport science and coaching that we're going to bring in, to enable all the up and coming juniors and the current superstars of our sport to really take advantage of the system.
"The world's best surfers will have the opportunity to come to a centre that's specifically designed for their training needs."
Surfing Australia will involve two-time world champion Mick Fanning and world number two Joel Parkinson in the design details of the building and consult them on specific requirements.
"We want to make sure that the likes of Mick and Joel have a training environment that suits the needs of the world's top-end surfers, who are going to have something tailor made for what they're trying to achieve ... the long-term vision is to continue to produce world champions," Mr Stark said.
Parkinson believes the centre will not only give youngsters with exceptional talent everything they could dream of, but also hone the skills of elite surfers.
"It'll be somewhere we'll be able to fine-tune our abilities in and out of the ocean with training, the mechanics of surfing, and how you apply all that to the water," he said.
"When I injured my ankle last year I went to a rehab facility in France where I learned some of the most amazing advances in their sports, and to be able to apply some of those to surfing would be awesome.
"This centre will not only keep Australian surfing at the top, but international surfing as well - I think Australia is seen as the most successful surfing country in the world, and we want to keep it that way."
I cannot wait to read that the Australian Labor Party makes it compulsory that men and women must use a gender neutral surf board, aka. the 80’s fiasco of the Taxpayer funds, some $6,000 + given to a female surf board manufacturer who was designing a surfboard for Labor’s “Wimmin”
Male or Female you can either SURF or NOT , No amount of Socialized politically correct interference will make any Australian man or “wimmin” a World Champion surf board rider.
Maybe Athletics and swimming will be next, where everyone / person will WIN regardless of their time.. the perfect world!!!!