In 2021 the Future Stars program focused on the sport of Track and Field, specifically, “Little Athletics”. All local Little Athletic clubs were invited to nominate up to 4 athletes who they felt would benefit from a program of education in relation to the development of their talent to be able to run, jump, throw and walk.
In the past the Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS) had provided a program for aspiring young athletes from within the Gold Coast region in a number of sports which sat outside of the team sports offered by the Academy. Sports such as Tennis, Triathlon, Swimming, Ice Hockey, Go Karting, Softball and Cheering to name a few.
The program (regardless of sport) caters for basic fitness elements of athletes, building their awareness of important issues/aspects that are essential in the development as an elite performance athlete. The Academy understands all sports have different individual skill needs which the athlete has to target, but the underlying strength and basic movement patterns are general areas that can be worked on, regardless of the competition sport.
In addition to these skill development sessions, athletes will be involved in a number of core educational sessions to help them develop and grow to become a ‘student of their own event and sport’. These sessions include topics such as nutrition, sports psychology, body maintenance and time-management to name a few. All sessions are delivered by professional presenters in their respective fields and are focused on helping athletes develop into an all-round athlete on and off the field of play. This high-performance development program provides physical and mental skills which will benefit the athlete outside of normal individual, club and association trainings.
It is understood and accepted that once an athlete commences the program, to gain full benefit, they should attend all training and educational sessions as set down by the coordinator. If, for some reason, the athlete is unable to attend due to sickness/other commitments, it is expected that the coordinator / GCAS is advised.
On completion of the program, all athletes will be recognised at the ‘End of year graduation’ ceremony conducted at the RACV.