Teen steps up for na­tional train­ing camp

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A 15-year-old Cromwell golf ace has cap­tured the at­ten­tion of New Zealand Golf ea­ger to groom ‘‘rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the fu­ture’’.

Inia Lo­gan has been selected for a New Zealand Golf na­tional ju­nior boy’s train­ing camp next month.

Inia re­ceived a let­ter from New Zealand Golf last week say­ing he had been iden­ti­fied as an ‘‘emerg­ing tal­ented player within New Zealand Golf’s na­tional de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme’’.

The ob­jec­tive of the na­tional de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme is to pro­vide a player path­way for po­ten­tial New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tives, it says.

‘‘The level you have been selected for is called the na­tional ju­nior boy’s train­ing camp. Bring­ing this group of play­ers to­gether al­lows New Zealand Golf to mon­i­tor and as­sist the de­vel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion of New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tives.’’

The goal was to iden­tify and sup­port po­ten­tial rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the Trans-Tas­man, Ten Na­tions Cup, No­mura Cup and Eisen­hower Tro­phy rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the fu­ture that were not al­ready in the na­tional academy or who might not have pre­vi­ously at­tended a na­tional ju­nior train­ing camp, it says.

Inia said his se­lec­tion was ‘‘pretty amaz­ing’’ and would take his golf­ing path to the next level.

‘‘I was pretty happy when I re­ceived the let­ter. This is the first time I have been selected— it’s quite a big thing.’’

Golf Otago ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Har­ra­dine said Inia was the only player from the OtagoSouth­land area to be selected for the camp which was the first step in the lad­der to mak­ing New Zealand squads.

Inia had showed a spe­cial talent since he was young, and had a ded­i­ca­tion ‘‘way be­yond his years’’.

‘‘He showed that right from when he first picked up a golf club. I can re­mem­ber when he was 10 years old, stand­ing out on the prac­tice field hour af­ter hour hit­ting golf balls work­ing at get­ting bet­ter.

‘‘Quite of­ten I would be lock­ing up the club in win­ter, it would be dark, and you could hear him chip­ping away still prac­tis­ing.’’

The camp will be held next month at St Peter’s School in Cam­bridge.

Two PGA of New Zealand coaches, Jay Carter and Reon Sayer, will take part, as well as Golf Aus­tralia’s sport sci­ence co­or­di­na­tor Ryan Lums­den; and Golf Aus­tralia ser­vice provider and co-de­vel­oper of Shots to Hole Stu­art Leong. Sports psy­chol­o­gist David Gal­braith will also deliver a work­shop ti­tled Mak­ing a Per­for­mance Mind­set Habit.

Photo: JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

De­vel­op­ing: Inia Lo­gan, 15, is

selected to at­tend aNew Zealand Golf na­tional ju­nior boy’s train­ing camp.

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