Day At The Track

Athletes learn important off-field skills

08:36 PM 19 Mar 2018 NZDT
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The Hunter Academy of Sport's netball squad
The Hunter Academy of Sport's netball squad during a yoga session last week. The session came on the back of a new gym partnership.

The Hunter Academy of Sport has this week announced a major partnership with one of Newcastle’s largest gymnasiums. 

Planet Fitness Australia is working with the 450 Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) athletes offering free 12-month memberships at their local club, as well as a major discount to their families. 

The HAS netball squad took full advantage of this amazing partnership last weekend, taking part in a yoga session led by the Planet Fitness instructors.

In other news, The Hunter Academy of Sport 2018 Harness Racing Athlete Education Program has kicked off with an education day held in the HAS gym. 

Ten young athletes learned the ins and outs of becoming a professional athlete including nutrition, alcohol and drugs in sport, and social media. 

Those attending were even lucky enough to receive specialised media training from NBN television presenter Kate Haberfield. 

The education component was provided by the Your Local Club Athlete Education Program.

The program gives athletes around the state valuable knowledge to encourage personal development and successful progression in their sport. 

The athletes are looking forward to their next session this weekend, where they will be listening to specialised information about animal welfare, sports psychology, tactical driving and pathway progression. 

This program has been made possible by a strengthened relationship between Your Local Club, Harness Racing NSW and the Hunter Academy of Sport.  

By Max McKinney

Reprinted with permission of the Newcastle Herald

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