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6 Things You Need to Become an Elite Athlete in Australian Sport

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What does it take to become an elite athlete in Australian sport?  We’ve all spent hours as kids, (and perhaps as adults as well) daydreaming about our favourite sporting heroes and wanting to be just like them. We watch as they kick the perfect goal or break world records and follow their every move, watching the glamorous lives that they lead. However, behind every elite athlete at the top of their chosen sport are years of blood, sweat and tears to get there. So, if you have the dream to become an elite athlete here are 6 Things You Need …

ASC 2017 Winter Wrap Up

In Articlesby Naomi Hardy

School’s back and Australian Sports Camps have just concluded another successful school holidays!  This Winter, we ran over 50 camps with thousands of happy participants across the country.  It was great to see everyone having fun, while challenging themselves and showing dedication and improvement. We would like to thank everyone for coming along to join us, including children, coaches and guest talent.  Our Coaching Directors and Heroes have elite level playing experience behind them! Which always proves to be valuable for our participants. Tom Fields was our Coaching Director for the three-day AFL camp in Marion.  He is a former …

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Technology in Sports

In Articlesby Naomi Hardy

Over many years, technology has been advancing at a rapid pace.  The world of sport is ever evolving, so it’s no surprise that technology has had an impact. The use of different technologies in sport has enabled coaches to better analyse their players and provide higher quality feedback.  It can also provide fans of the game with a better viewing of sport performance, and can help umpires make fair and consistent calls.  Australia is one of the leading countries in the development of sports science and technology. Let’s take a look at some of the technology used in three popular …

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Nutrition Tips for Active Kids in Winter

In Articlesby Naomi Hardy

Short, dark and cold Winter days often mean busy parents are less motivated to wake up early and prepare kids lunches, or to spend as much time after work preparing dinner.  This makes forward planning and meal preparation even more essential if you want your kids eating healthy, well balanced meals.  Also, these nutrition tips for active kids in Winter will help your child athlete perform at their peak. This is why we’ve prepared this guide to providing warming and nutritious meals and snacks during the cooler months. To begin, all kids need to consume a variety of healthy foods, …

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How To Spin Bowl Like Shane Warne

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Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was undoubtedly the best leg spinner to ever play the game of cricket.  Some may even say, the best bowler full stop.  So, it’s no wonder that cricketers, young and old, want to learn how to spin bowl like Shane Warne. He was the first bowler to ever take 700 test wickets and still stands at number 2 on the all-time test wicket taking list.  With 708 wickets from 143 matches.  Just behind Sri Lankan superstar off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. Also, Shane Warne took 293 wickets in one-day internationals, taking his total record of international …

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Screen Time: A Guide for Parents

In Articlesby Naomi Hardy

In today’s world, the use of electronic media, or ‘screen time’, is practically unavoidable and can provide many benefits.  However, it’s also a big contributor to sedentary behaviour in children.  We categorise sedentary behaviour as sitting or lying down (except when asleep).  This increase in sedentary behaviour means our kids are less physically active than they should be. Guidelines Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children, recommend 60 minutes of physical activity daily for kids aged 5 – 12 years old.  They define physical activity as, any activity that gets kids moving, causes their breathing to become more …

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Preventing Kids Winter Sports Injuries

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In Australia, we are fortunate to have quite mild Winters.  Meaning, we can participate in team sports all year round.  Even so, the colder weather makes for increased risk of sports related injuries.  Statistically, sports injuries in Australia peak in May, June and July.  This figure, combined with the harsh Winter chill, can tempt parents to decrease their child’s sports participation in the cooler months.  However, preventing kids winter sports injuries, is relatively easy, if you follow the guidelines below. Also, it’s vital to keep up physical activity throughout the year, as sports provide numerous health, psychological and social benefits.  …

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ASC Sports Talent – Winter Camps 2017

In Articlesby Ascha Boag

Winter school holidays are nearly here, and places are filling up fast for ASC Winter 2017 programs.  Moreover, programs are full of sports talent. Australia wide we offer Basketball, AFL, Hockey, Netball, Soccer, Karate, Rugby Union and Rugby League camps across all the major capital cities.  These holiday camps are suitable for 6 to 16 year old boys and girls of any skill level. Also, camps run over 3 days from 9am to 3pm daily.  We employ specialist coaches with a minimum Level 1 coaching accreditation.  They work alongside guest talent.  So, your kids can learn from the best and …

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Top Sports For Girls In Australia

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There are several top sports for girls in Australia to choose from.  Plus, getting your daughter involved in sports at a young age provides many benefits that she will carry with her both now and into adulthood. Some of these benefits include: More confidence Great fitness and cardiovascular health Stronger bones and muscles Better communication and social skills Improved grades at school and often better behaviour More discipline and respect Greater mental health and stronger self-image More friends from many different backgrounds Reduced risk of obesity and the many mental and physical health problems that excessive weight can cause Improved …

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How Erin Phillips redefined the WNBA and Women’s AFL

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Image credit Herald Sun. For most mere mortals, the dream of reaching the elite level in their chosen sport is one of the greatest challenges you can set for yourself.  However, doing that in two completely unrelated sports might seem near impossible.  Unless of course your name is Erin Phillips.  Please read on to find out more of this amazing athlete.  As well as how Erin Phillips redefined the WNBA and Women’s AFL. Erin Phillips is one of Australia’s most decorated female basketball players of the last 15 years.  Some of her finest achievements include: Achieving the WNBL (Women’s National Basketball League) …

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Justin Langer Summer Cricket Camps at Hale School, Wembley Downs

In Articlesby Naomi Hardy

This Summer, Justin Langer is returning once again to coach at our 2018 cricket camps.  For over 20 years, Australian Sports Camps has been fortunate to have Justin Langer present each day at our cricket camps, at Hale School, Wembley Downs. Renowned for his incredible batting skills, Langer is considered one of the most successful top-order batsmen in cricket history.  Representing Australia in 105 test matches, he amassed 7,696 runs at average of 45.27 runs per game, including 23 test centuries over 14 years.  His career achievement totalled 28,382 first class runs at an average of 50.23runs per game including …

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Techniques and Tactics That Serena Williams Uses as a Pro Tennis Player

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Serena Williams is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all time, male or female. For 20 years she has been a dominant force and is now the record holder for the most Grand Slam Tournament Wins in the open era after defeating her sister Venus Williams to take her 23rd Grand Slam victory at this year’s Australian Open. That win also saw her return to the number one position on the rankings of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). A spot she has now held for 309 weeks during her career (third on the all-time women’s list.). She has …

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Tips for Raising Resilient Kids

In Articlesby Naomi Hardy

Raising resilient kids is an essential job for every parent.  Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, challenge, trauma or adversity. Resilient children are more courageous, more adaptable and more curious, and they do not let mistakes hold them back.  Rather, they acknowledge them and learn what to do differently next time.  They have a positive image of the future, with solid goals and a desire to achieve them.  Also, they are more empathetic and compassionate.  In addition, they are not concerned by what others think of them.  So, are less likely to succumb to peer pressure.  Resilient …

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Top 10 Sports For Boys

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Australia is a sporting nation. Whether it’s playing or watching, we love our sports and many young boys will play sports during their adolescence. Today, in no particular order, we’ll look at the top ten most popular sports played by boys aged 6-16 in Australia. Australian Rules Football Aussie Rules Football has long been one of Australia’s most popular sports.  It’s still the most watched sport in terms of game crowds and TV viewership (the Australian Football League or AFL is the premier professional Aussie Rules Football competition). Although it’s much more popular in the southern states such as Victoria …

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School Holiday Activities In Perth

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As the school holidays approach for Perth school kids again, as parents we all start scratching our heads for activities to keep the kids entertained, off the couch and out of our hair. So, to help you come up with some fun, exciting activities that your kids will love we have made a great checklist of school holiday activities in Perth that you can schedule into your holiday calendar. Outdoor Activities We all want our kids to stay active and healthy during the holidays so finding some great outdoor activities is the ideal way to stop them from becoming couch …