The Central Coast Academy of Sport’s vision is “to maintain the traditions of excellence, to be regarded as a leading sports brand in Australia and further afield”. There are no better words of truth to be said about the athletes and coaches appointed by CCAS, and in particular the outstanding results that have come from the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Tokyo Olympic Games saw Future Stars Athlete Nicola McDermott jump to new heights in an edge of seat High Jump competition, bringing home the silver medal and a new National Record. An amazing effort from Nicola and her coach Matthew Horsnell. Matt is coaching at Olympic level and coaches the discipline of High Jump for The CCAS Athletics program. This level of high performance coaching provided locally to athletes on the Central Coast is certainly standing up to the values of leading Australia and further afield. Whilst still in quarantine from Tokyo, Matt Horsnell said of his involvement with CCAS “Through 28 years of coaching experience I understand what junior athletes need to do to progress – developing their skill sets that are needed for them to reach Elite World Class athletes of the future”.
Another outstanding result from The Tokyo Olympics was the Kookaburra’s Hockey match that saw CCAS alumni Matt Dawson and fellow team mates come away with a silver medal in another edge of the seat competition that came down to penalty shoot-out. Brett Johnson, Head Coach of The CCAS Hockey Program also played with the Kookaburras and understands what is needed to get the most out of athletes to perform at their best. Brett commented “It is clear that the results from both the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos are a reflection of their dedication to training, their commitment to achieve the perfect execution of their skills and unwavering focus on the team and team culture. These are attributes that we also try and instill in all our CCAS athletes to help them achieve their hockey goals”.
Graeme Carroll – Head Coach of the Swimming Program has a plethora of Paralympic Coaching experience, this year having CCAS athlete Tahlia Blanshard narrowly miss selection. Graeme has had athletes compete at the Paralympics since 1996, with a following of athletes chasing his world class coaching. Graeme said “over a 12 year period I have coached a lot of Paralympic Swimming Athletes, including Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists at Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. In Athens, my athletes accounted for more than half of the medal tally. I have spent 4 years at the AIS coaching the Paralympic Program, I am the Head Coach now at PLC and still have Paralympic Athletes in the program”.
Brett Doring – Sports Physiotherapist from Coast Sport is about to embark on a 6-week journey to Tokyo for the Paralympic Games. Brett is the lead Physiotherapist for the Australian Paralympic Swim Team in Tokyo and will be responsible for providing Physiotherapy services to help the swimmers to feel great and move well throughout their competition, as well as working with the coaches and high-performance staff to implement strategies to produce peak performances. Brett said “I’m able to see first-hand what the physical requirements and demands are for swimmers to compete at the highest level. This helps me to design and implement strategies and initiatives with CCAS athletes to progress them along the athletic development pathway, toward building a body that can meet the demands of elite competition”.
This level of support and excellence at every CCAS session – World Class additions within the CCAS programs that raise the bar of the offerings to the athletes within the programs.