The 2013 Victorian Regional Academies (VRAS) golf camp was held at Moonah links golf club on the weekend of the 19th, 20th, 21st of April. Sunraysia had three athletes from the Sunraysia Academy of Sport golf program involved in the camp.
Sophie Crouch, Tom Holmes and Josef Moisidis, all very promising junior golfers in Sunraysia and members of the Sunraysia Academy of Sport golf program attended the camp. The athletes and chaperones; Tim Peterson (SDGA junior coordinator) and Jane Watts (strength and conditioning coach) left Mildura at 2pm Friday arriving at the camp at 9.30pm.
Saturday morning was an early start at 6.30am with the juniors participating in a sand dune session which involved a huge physical experience on their bodies. They returned to camp for breakfast
and showers before hitting the training facilities at 9am.
On arrival at the camp headquarters at Moonah Links the students were introduced to their coaches for the weekend and divided into groups. ¬†Saturday morning saw our athletes experience and learn how to warm up and work their bodies with head fitness coach for the Victorian state team, Luke Mackey. The session proved to be a complete work out on how to treat and respect muscles in the body before and after golf practice and rounds.
The next session was outside on the putting greens with the session teaching the students on how to read greens to make putting all the more easier. Also the students spent time on their pitching skills with Brooke Salmon, head coach for Titlelist. This session focused on the shots from 100 metres and closer. ¬†The afternoon session was focused on the short game, chipping, bunker play, and creative shots around the green.
At the end of the day the students got to see the main clubhouse at Moonah Links and have a nice meal before a quiet night back at the accommodation.
Sunday morning saw our athletes have their turn with the putting coach and this focused on practice drills for the athlete and also a computer analysis on their putting stroke. Details of the results from the computer were emailed to Rob Nicholls, SAS golf coach in Mildura.
The afternoon session was focused on the full swing of our athletes which covered all full shots from short irons through to drivers and fairway woods. At the end of the session the athletes were involved in a talk and summary of the weekend from the coaches and all the drills and information they had learned.
By 3pm on Sunday all the athletes were dismissed and the journey home started.
In all the weekend was a huge success once again and it was experienced by 31 athletes from Regional Victoria. A special thank you must go to the Sunraysia Academy of Sport, Golf Victoria, S.D.G.A. Coaches and Personnel involved at Moonah Links, and to the chaperones from Mildura on taking our athletes to the camp.