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2017 South East Regional Academy of Sport Program

The 2017 SERAS Program came to an end on the weekend of 29-30th April. 

The final session took place at the Bermagui Country Club over the weekend. The players travelled from all over the area via bus that was kindly driven by Steven Harrison. 

The final camp gave the Athletes an opportunity to learn about course management, shot selection, quality of practice and nutrition.  The athletes were fortunate to have a lecture on nutrition presented to them on the day and many of them were surprised at what is healthy and what is not. All of this information was very well received and I am sure they will all derive a lot of benefit from the presentation.

Head Golf Coach Chris Hearn said “the weekend went very well and the Athletes were interactive and asked a lot of questions, which was good to see. They stayed engaged all weekend and appeared to really enjoy all of the activities.  It is always great to get professionals from their field to deliver important information to these young men and women who otherwise would not understand the benefits of healthy eating, not just for golf but for life in general.”

The 2017 program has now come to an end and this also marks the end of the SERAS program, as we know it. The program in 2018 will be re-named and launched.  The program manager Luke Grinham, said “the goal will be to make the program even bigger and better in 2018, we will still use a lot of what we have done in the past but add a few exciting extras into the future program.  I am really looking forward to seeing how much better it becomes and the result that this will have on the Athletes.”

It was great to see the squad regain the opportunity to travel to the Academy Games again this year as they missed out on this opportunity in 2016. This trip gives the athletes an opportunity to participate in a large event with athelets at a similar level. It also allows them to interact with players from across the state.  The plan will be to continue giving the athletes and opportunity to travel to this event again in 2018 and beyond.

It has been fantastic to see many golfers from this program continue up the pathway into the JNJG Development squad. Members of the 2017 State Development program who have come through the SERAS program are: Luka Brucic, David Howard, Adam Thorp, and Amber Thornton. Casey Cook and Chloe Thornton were in the Development Squad in 2016 but have now become to old to remain in this program and they are both continuing to strive for big results in 2018.  

I thank all of the Athletes who participated in the program in 2017 and I look forward to seeing many of you around at the Jack Newton Junior Golf tournaments in the future.

Luke Grinham

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