Development camp’s no holiday
Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union’s annual player development camps kicked off on Wednesday, with 30 of the Bay’s best under-18 girls’ players gathering at Lindisfarne College for three days of intense training.
The HBRU girls’ development camp is one of four Unisonsponsored camps scheduled for these holidays. The other three camps will give the region’s most promising under-14, 16 and 18 boys the opportunity to further develop their skills.
Following the camps, Hawke’s Bay representative sides from each of the four age groups will be selected to play in the Hurricanes regional tournaments in October.
HBRU women’s rugby development officer, Krysten Cottrell, led the girls’ camp alongside former Magpies captain, Super Rugby player and HBRU academy manager, Jason Shoemark, and said she was excited about developing the young players’ skills to help strengthen the women’s game in the region.
“These girls have been selected not only due to their potential to grow as players, they also have a strong passion for the sport, which will no doubt see them become ambassadors to help encourage participation in the game.
“The camps give participants the opportunity to further develop their skills and experience the sort of support that professional players receive.
“They’ve got access to some of the region’s top coaches and players, including current Magpies Ellery Wilson, Mason Emerson and Jason Long. We have trainers, nutritionists and mental skills coaches on board,” Black Ferns squad member Cottrell said.
Unison Group chief executive Ken Sutherland said Unison was pleased to support junior rugby and the development camps in Hawke’s Bay for the 10th consecutive year.
“Unison’s partnership with HBRU is this year targeted towards developing women’s rugby in Hawke’s Bay, and these camps are well positioned to help achieve this.
“We look forward to seeing the girls who come through these camps achieve their potential, just like players such as Jonah Lowe, who was a Unison medal recipient as a junior, and under 20 world champion, Tiaan Falcon, have done in previous years.”