Training camps help new squads take shape

DUBBO'S three Western Region Academy of Sport hockey players have drawn support from head coach Beth Shea.

Peter and Emma Corcoran will be backing up in the squad from this year while Emily Lake will be in her rookie year in 2013.

"Pete is going very well in goals and with the experience he and Emma have had in the squad over the past couple of years, they are now key players for us," Orange based Shea said.

"We see a lot of potential in Emily Lake and I'm sure she can realise that potential during next year."

Shea was one of a number of sports coaches who held a weekend in Dubbo for training as the 2013 squads start to take shape.

Beside hockey - basketball, netball, lawn bowls, golf and softball squads got together for coaching and helping out with clinics for local boys and girls.

"The Dubbo weekend is very important for the academy and it gives us the opportunity to showcase what we do with these talented athletes," Beth Shea said.

"The hockey kids had a wonderful time and part of their program for Dubbo was helping run a coaching clinic which attracted 45 boys and girls. So that was very successful.

"The feedback from all the coaches was very positive and it was a fitting time for us all to spend time with our athletes and the end of 2012 and look ahead to next year.

"The Dubbo community has over many years been very supportive of the academy and it was good to meet again some of these people while we were up there."

The WRAS based at Bathurst, services about 130 scholarships in squad programs such as basketball, golf, hockey, lawn bowls and netball. They also manager a number of high performance and lone star athletes through individual programming.

The WRAS board considers applications from any sport recognised by Communities NSW - Sport and Recreation for inclusion in future intakes.

Other programs that the Academy provide to the western region community include talent search, regional athlete and coach education (RACE) lectures, sports play for primary students in remote areas, rookie camps for each of the sports and coach the coach - a biennial regional coaching conference.

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