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Golf at Indigenous Talent Identification Day

In what proved to be a great initiative the Central Coast Academy of Sport held the first Indigenous Talent Identification Day at the Terrigal Basketball Centre last week.

Some sixty juniors from around the Central Coast attended the day to test their skills at six sports.  Those attending were eager to see what talent was on offer.

During the full day 30 minute rotations the juniors were tested in game like situations, skills tests, power, speed and agility tests while they were also told about the importance of searching for life long dreams while being true to yourself and family.

We were lucky to have some very supportive elders on hand to provide an insight of what it takes to be successful as an indigenous athlete and person.  How sports can help guide you to a better adult and life no matter how good you are.

Golf was represented well with Mark Ingrey (JNJG), Andrew Robb (GolfNSW) and Nat Whittington (Magenta Shores) providing great fun and feedback for the juniors.  We also had the pleasure and experience of local indigenous identity Ricky Powell who chatted with the juniors about becoming your best and how golf gives you so much more than a sport.

During the golf sessions the juniors were taken through putting skills, pitching target skills and hitting in the PGA inflatable net.  Thanks to Nat from Magenta Shores Resort the juniors also had the pleasure of experiencing Trackman and the great data it can provide for the up and coming golfer.

To end the day Ricky took the juniors and sports outdoors for a boomerang exhibition, unfortunately the windy conditions were not favourable but I am sure everyone enjoyed the day and ending tradition.

Special thanks goes to UAA who sponsored the day and Matt Sonter for his passion and drive.  Without these two key factors the day would not have happened.

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