Karters Part Of Successful AMSF Camp

press release

The Australian Motor Sport Foundation recently ran its inaugural Driver Development Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra. It was the first time that open access to the AIS had been granted to Australia's young aspiring motor sport talent.

The camp was designed to help participants unlock the secrets to success in elite level motor sport and was made available to young drivers seeking to compete at the highest levels of motor sport both in Australia and internationally. Those who attended travelled from all over Australia and included participants whose motor sport activity ranged from sprint karting to the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series.

The camp was judged a major success by both the organisers and the participants who attended, with the camp rated 4.7 out of a possible 5. Furthermore, all participants indicated that they would be keen to attend a follow-up camp later in the year.

The camp was largely based on the content delivered to the participants in the CAMS Rising Star Program. The camp focused on improving individual performance and included topics such as nutrition, cardiovascular activity, strength and conditioning, recovery, performance psychology, media, sponsorship, career planning and competing internationally. Most of the topics included both theoretical and practical activities. Camp participants were also able to learn from guest presenters who included Jenson Button's personal trainer, Phil Young, A1 Team Australia Driver and AMSF International Rising Star, John Martin and Olympic swimmer, Frances Adcock.

"The camp was established for those competitors who are serious about their motor sport and who want to get a meaningful performance edge over their fellow competitors. The content has been developed by the leading industry experts, and will make a positive difference to any participant who applies the learnings from this course," stated AMSF General Manger, Quentin Crombie.

Young karting talent Nick Foster (pictured right) will make the move from sprint karting to Formula Ford in 2008 and can't wait to put what he learnt at the AIS into practice. "I think the camp is a must for those karters who are looking to take the next step in their motor racing careers," stated Foster.

Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development driver Jonathan Webb also attended the camp. "The V8 Supercar Development Series is a tough championship and any edge I can get over my competitors is going to be an advantage, and I feel that what I've learned from this camp will help me achieve that," stated Webb.

There was significant interest leading up to camp, and many unfortunately missed out due to it being oversubscribed, however the AMSF intend to conduct a similar camp later in the year as well as a one-day follow-up camp for those who recently attended the AIS. In addition, the AMSF will be running a series of other short courses in the coming months and will provide further information regarding this shortly.

"The rollout of this camp and other planned courses is all part of working towards achieving the AMSF's new mission, which in part, is to become a centre of excellence for improving driver performance. Broadly speaking, the goal is to help young Australian's succeed in motor sport, and everyone at the AMSF takes great delight in working towards this outcome," concluded Crombie.

The AMSF would like to thank the staff at the AIS and in particular, Phil Young and John Martin, for taking time out of their busy schedules in order to attend the camp.



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