Sports drafts attract quality athletes as deadline draws closer
22 Sep 2014
Applications for the 2014 AIS Sports Draft and Para-sports Draft will close on Sunday (September 28).
AIS Director Matt Favier said so far the AIS Sports Draft and the first ever Para-sports Draft had attracted more than 250 applications with interest from elite athletes.
The AIS Sports Draft – promoting the themes of speed, power and agility – will focus on athletics (throwing, pole vault and sprinting up to 400 metres), rugby 7s (women), hockey (women goalies), combat sports, paddling sports (kayak and canoe - sprint and slalom) and track sprint cycling.
The Para-sports Draft will focus on athletics, cycling, swimming, canoeing, rowing, triathlon, table tennis, boccia, para-alpine, and snowboarding for individuals with cerebral palsy and neurological brain impairments.
Favier said this year’s AIS Sports Draft is seeking more athletes across more sports following the inaugural talent transfer program in 2013 that concentrated on combat sports.
“The interest already shown by quality athletes in the 2014 AIS Sports Draft has been pleasing. I would still encourage anyone aged 15-26 from sports like Australian rules, rugby league, rugby union, gymnastics, karate, surfing, netball, basketball, volleyball or swimming who can uphold the Olympic values and have great physical abilities to register,” he said.
The Para-sports Draft is seeking individuals aged 15-30 with cerebral palsy and neurological brain impairments who have a keen interest to be involved in para-sports.
Athletes who make it through the AIS Sports Draft selection trials will attend camps at the AIS, receive 12 months of high performance coaching at select venues, and possibly go on to receive further expert support from their new National Sporting Organisations.
The selection trials for the AIS Sports Draft will be held in Sydney at the Australian University Games between September 30 and October 2, Melbourne and Perth on October 11, Brisbane and Sydney on October 25, Canberra on November 8, and Hobart and Adelaide on November 15.