TEN Horsham College students have been inducted into the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport in a new partnership between the two institutions.
Students who excel in a wide range of sports, from basketball to tenpin bowling, have been invited to join the academy for next year.
The academy will seek to grow the talent of young athletes in the Wimmera by providing the students with training they would not otherwise receive while at school.
Alongside strength and conditioning coaching, the students will learn about diet and nutrition, sports psychology and public speaking.
Horsham College principal Rob Pyers said he hoped the partnership would help increase the talent of some of the Wimmera’s best athletes.
“We hope this partnership ensures the Wimmera’s best emerging talent across a range of sports can access all of the necessary services for them to reach their potential,” he said.
“We look forward to working with the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport to provide these services.”
The program allows Horsham College to select the students they think will most likely benefit from the program. From there, the academy accepts the school’s recommendations and welcomes the athletes.
The academy’s executive officer Core Saitta said the joint venture with Horsham College would be beneficial for those students who excel in a wide variety of sports.
“Partnering with schools means the academy, in conjunction with staff at Horsham College, can identify the most talented athletes more easily, and then support them in a way that compliments existing structures,” he said.
“The focus of our work at (the academy) is to provide services that athletes require but are not currently receiving.
“In conjunction with Horsham College, we’ll complement the strength and conditioning coaching and provide education to the athletes.
“We are delighted to partner with Horsham College and believe that next year will be the first of many years of a successful program and service delivery in the Wimmera region.”
- Sophie Martin, tenpin bowling
- Morgan Lane, equestrian
- Dylan Bates, scooter
- Ella Walsgot, triathlon
- Tate Reed, motor cross
- Brody Pope, basketball
- Molly Lakin, basketball
- Ruby Hill, swimming
- Neve Lawson, calisthenics
- Hailey Puls, gymnastics