Flinders puts surf life savers in great SHAPE for Interstates

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Surf Life Saving SA athletes at the launch of the new High Performance Academy, which is centred at Flinders’ SHAPE Research Centre.

Flinders University’s Sport, Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Research Centre could give South Australia’s life savers a winning edge at this week’s Surf Life Saving Australia Interstates 2016.


That’s according to Surf Life Saving SA President John Baker, who said the newly established High Performance Academy centred at Flinders has already upped the performance levels of our local athletes.


“The success of the High Performance Academy is a core priority for the board of Surf Life Saving Australia. We expect great results in the long run and although it is early days in the program we have already seen some great improvements in our athletes’ performance,” said Mr Baker.


SHAPE Centre Director, Professor Murray Drummond, whose team at Flinders has been providing a battery of sophisticated and high tech training and physical support since the Academy’s launch late last year, says he is excited by the enthusiastic response from Surf Life Saving SA – which he said was a ringing endorsement of the SHAPE Centre’s work.


“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring some of the best technology and most experienced exercise and nutrition experts to the High Performance Academy, which supports the SHAPE Centre’s aim of bringing South Australian sport to a truly world class standard,” said Professor Murray.


“This positive feedback from John is music to our ears because it reinforces the value and importance of our work, which the SHAPE team at Flinders is incredibly passionate about.


“The Surf Life Saving Interstates 2016 will be a great way of seeing how far we’ve come already with Surf Life Saving SA, and we’ll be supporting our athletes as they compete.


“We can’t wait to get the athletes’ feedback when they return to the Academy so we can use it to provide an even more enhanced training experience to meet their needs and maintain that trajectory of improvement we’re already seeing.”


You can read more on this story and find full details on the Interstates 2016 on Surf Life Saving SA’s website.


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