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AIS Sports Draft in international spotlight

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AIS Sports Draft athletes at their Canberra camp.

13 Mar 2014

The inaugural AIS Sports Draft has received international recognition for its work on identifying future champions as 10 athletes attending a camp in Canberra prepare for their first major competitions.  

AIS Senior Physiologist Dr Clare Humberstone will present the paper Talent transfer into combat sports: Application of special forces selection methodology when she represents the AIS Sports Draft team at the Talent Identification Conference: Identifying Champions in Doha, Qatar, on April 2-3.

Dr Humberstone said conference organisers had recognised AIS research as being exceptional and had awarded her a Young Investigator Grant, which is awarded to outstanding researchers in the first 10 years of their careers. 

“It is an honour to receive this international award, which recognises the outstanding work completed by the AIS Sports Draft team over the past year,” Dr Humberstone said. 

“The AIS Sports Draft for boxing and judo was officially launched in October last year and saw selection trials, followed by a national camp which identified 10 outstanding athletes capable of becoming future Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallists.”

“Future AIS Sports Drafts are being planned utilising the methodology and planning used in the inaugural draft. The team must be congratulated for its hard work and dedication that has been recognised by Aspire Academy – located in Doha – which is hosting the conference.”

“The judo competitors at this camp will be set to compete at nationals in June, while the boxers are well on the way to being ready for state and national fights later this year.”

The athletes attending the camp include:
  • Dylan Anderson, Pakenham, Victoria (judo)
  • Tegan Bubb, Bendigo, Victoria (judo)
  • Sally Bromley, ACT (boxing and judo)
  • Krystal Cull, Toowoomba, Queensland (boxing)
  • Emily Ivanka, Blackburn South, Victoria (boxing)
  • Sarah McFarlane, ACT (boxing)
  • Bradley Panayiotou, South Wentworthville, NSW (boxing)
  • Andrew Snowden, Black Rock, Victoria (boxing)
  • El Rene Vargas III, Hornsby, NSW (boxing)
  • Anthony Yee, Endeavour Hills, Victoria (judo)

The athletes are receiving 12 months of high performance coaching at select venues combined with camps at the AIS in Canberra in their quest to become world best athletes under Australia’s Winning Edge.

The AIS is currently working on plans to incorporate other sports into its draft strategy.

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