MOLLYMOOK’S Sophia Fulton and her Australian Junior Surfing Team went into camp this week at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) to prepare for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships in Japan, starting on September 23.
Surfing Australia talent pathway coach Clancy Dawson and former World Tour competitor and high-performance coach Jay Thompson will lead the 12 strong team with hopes of going one better than last year’s silver medal.
Dawson said the two-day camp was designed to galvanise the group for the team environment in Japan, as well as sharpening heat strategy and training for the conditions likely to be faced during the week-long competition.
““It is a huge honour to represent your country, this group want to do Australia proud and bring home the gold,” Dawson said.
“They have the talent and the hunger.
“This camp is mostly about mate ship and pre-event preparation to give ourselves the best platform for success.”
Surfing Australia elite program manager Bede Durbidge and World Surf League (WSL) World Qualifying Series competitor Soli Bailey also attended the camp, providing the group invaluable advice heading to the championships.
“This event always has amazing energy around it,” Bailey said.
“When I went to Nicaragua to surf for Australia it was a really special moment.
“All this group has to do is listen to the coaches, work as a team and focus on what they have to do and surf smart.”
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