Mar 23, 2011
NASR Rising Stars Seeing Results
The 2011 Rising Star Program has given 8 young drivers the chance to improve themselves in a range of areas in order to assist them in achieving their Speedway goals. Recently, the group visited the Australian Institute of Sport, where they were put through their paces in a number of challenging classes aimed at improving themselves in a range of areas.
The skills that the drivers learned during the camp will assist them in formulating a pathway to achieve their speedway dream.
Speedway Australia placed particular emphasis on Marketing and Media training for the drivers and were assisted by industry veterans Wade Aunger and Darren Disbury.
Lismore's young 'Mr Modified' Kevin Britten commented on the visits.
"To hear from Wade Aunger and Darren Disbury about interviews and public speaking was excellent. Public speaking is something i definitely need to improve on, and Wade gave us all some great advice that which will improve me, for sure."
For the first time in the programs history, the Rising Stars displayed their physical talents by matching, and in some cases beating, the fitness benchmarks set by drivers representing other forms of motorsport at the AIS.
The group conducted themselves throughout the camp with professionalism and poise, savouring the unique opportunity to learn from professionals and their Speedway peers.
"The camp was awesome, not only to come and learn so much about my racing but also to get the opportunity to mix with some of the best talent in the country and to sit around and talk and listen to their racing stories was something I will cherish forever." South Australian Sam Putland commented.
Since the conclusion of the camp, the Speedway Australia Rising Stars have put what they have learned into action. 3 of the drivers will be launching new websites in the near future, while Kye Blight and Daniel Harding are already letting their results do the talking.
Blight emerged victorious for the third consecutive round of the GWN Metabo Series, and has prospective new sponsors thanks to his professional conduct on and off the race track.
"I'm so grateful of everything the NASR Rising Star Program has done for me. I believe that I can now become an elite driver and that is only because I got to spend time with some amazing people, such as Wade Aunger, Darren Disbury, Vicki De Prazer and the whole crew at the AIS."
Formula 500 hot shot Daniel Harding has captured the WA State Title, crediting his psychology training at the AIS.
"I used the assessment I received from leading Sports Physcologist Vicki de Prazer at the AIS, and I put her suggestions into action as I analized the race and resolved not to panic. I kept reminding myself to stay calm and time my race, rather than risk everything early and make a mistake."
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we track the progress of our up and coming young Speedway talent.
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