GALLERY: BITS and Gladstone players shine on the track
AUSSIE RULES: A number of Gladstone Suns and BITS Saints players took part in a rigorous weekend.
It was the annual Summer Development Camp held at Cooe Bay in which Saints players Brooke Sheridan and Sophie Ure and
Gladstone's Dylan Baartz and Angus Robinson took part.
The camp was the final process for the under-16 boys to make it through to the Phase 1 Academy Selection which will be the Core Group that goes away to represent the Capricornia region in Airlie Beach in March.
The youngsters were put through a specialised program that involved testing, skills and education sessions.
AFL Capricornia competition and club development manager Brad Matheson said the Saints and Suns players impressed.
"They showed promising signs in their work ethic and development over the past 12 months, but it was great to see obvious signs of development in different areas from the entire group," he said.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for these group of kids, who are obviously dedicated to their craft development, to experience a more focussed program."
Matheson also added that the program not only focussed on football, but in other areas.
"Who you are as a person can have so much impact on what you can achieve as a player," he said.
Matheson said these programs also allows players to access opportunities that give them a chance to win a place in an AFL pathway.
"It was also great to see the likes of Tim Boston, Shane Wembridge from BITS and Dale Sparkman (Gladstone) give up their time to assist with the weekend's program," he said.