NSW stars strive for excellence at NSWIS & Cabramatta
The future of the sport of bowls in New South Wales was to the fore in early February as the National Training Centre group gathered for a 2-day training camp at the NSW Institute of Sport and Cabramatta Bowls Club from 1 February. Under the guidance of National Training Centre (NTC) coach Gary Willis, the squad trained at the state of the art facilities at the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) and the Cabramatta Bowls Club Centre of Excellence and during a fun but intense two-days of activities aimed to provide the young NSW lawn bowls athletes the ideal platform to reach their common goal of representing Australia on the international stage – some of which have already done so – while others are about to as they debut in the upcoming Trans-Tasman test in Traralgon from March 18-20. “The athletes in our group receive outstanding support from Bowls NSW Men’s Association and New Women’s Bowls NSW, the Cabramatta Bowling Club and Bowls Australia,” Willis said. “This support provides these young men and women with some of the most valued support and expertise they can access as they embark on their national and international bowls careers. “The insights and learnings gained from the time spent at the NSW Institute of Sport provide our squad with the sport specialist programs including medical, physical and fitness screenings, nutrition advice and athlete career training and education they need. “We are continuing to prepare our bowlers, not only in NSW but Australia-wide, to be ready to take to the greens as elite athletes and national representatives and being able to access the Institute of Sport and elite centres of excellence like Cabramatta is invaluable to their progress as people and athletes,” Willis said. Bowls NSW CEO Greg Helm, Women’s Bowls NSW President Robyn Proctor, Cabramatta CEO Barry Watkins, National Coach Steve Glasson and Australian Selector Sam Clough were in attendance at the camp offering support and expert advice to the group as they prepare for 2014 as members of the NSW NTC squad.