Hunter & Central Coast Academies Host Successful Education Weekend


27th November 2023
By Bianca Smith
In a celebration of athleticism and knowledge, the Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) and Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS) hosted an enriching Education Weekend across Saturday, November 25th – Sunday, November 26th at Mingara Recreation Club and McDonald Jones Stadium.

In a celebration of athleticism and knowledge, the Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) and Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS) hosted an enriching Education Weekend across Saturday, November 25th – Sunday, November 26th at Mingara Recreation Club and McDonald Jones Stadium. With close to 200 dedicated athletes in attendance throughout the weekend, the event offered a holistic approach to sports education, covering essential topics such as Nutrition, Recovery and Stretching, Breathwork, and Sports Psychology.

On Saturday at Mingara Recreation Club and Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium, the venues buzzed with energy as athletes from various sports backgrounds came together to enhance their understanding of the crucial elements that contribute to peak performance. The event kicked off with a Drugs in Sport education seminar, setting the tone for a day filled with valuable insights and practical tips.

Nutrition: Fuelling Success

One of the key focuses of the day was nutrition, emphasizing the vital role it plays in an athlete's overall well-being and performance. Expert nutritionists shared their knowledge, guiding athletes on proper dietary choices to optimize energy levels and enhance recovery.

Presented by Rebecca Haslam, Nutrient Nation (Saturday) and Caitlin from @caitlin.dietitian.pt (Sunday).

Recovery: Balancing Act

Athletes delved into the importance of recovery and stretching routines, discovering effective techniques to prevent injuries and promote overall physical health. Practical demonstrations and hands-on sessions provided athletes with personalized guidance on incorporating these practices into their daily routines.

Presented by Jess Harrison, Coast Sport

Breathwork: Harnessing the Power of Breath

Breathwork sessions explored the profound impact of conscious breathing on athletic performance. Participants learned techniques to manage stress, increase focus, and optimize oxygen intake, providing them with a powerful tool to elevate their game.

Presented by Tony ----  Breath Revolution

Sports Psychology: Mastering the Mental Game

Understanding the significance of mental resilience, James engaged athletes in discussions and exercises designed to strengthen their mental fortitude. Strategies for goal setting, visualization, and managing competition pressure were shared, empowering athletes to overcome challenges with a resilient mindset.

Presented by James Kneller, Condor Performance

HAS and CCAS Chief Executive Officer, Brett O’Farrell, expressed enthusiasm about the event's success. "Education Days serve as a testament to our commitment to the holistic development of our athletes. Beyond physical training, we believe in equipping them with the knowledge and tools to excel in every aspect of their sporting journey."

As the day concluded, athletes left with not only enhanced skills in their respective sports but also a deeper understanding of the factors that contribute to their overall well-being. The Hunter and Central Coast Academy of Sport's Education Weekend proved to be a resounding success, reinforcing its position as a beacon of excellence in athlete development on the Hunter and Central Coast.

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