AUSTRALIAN water polo Olympic bronze medallist Victoria Brown will address promising young athletes from across western Victoria this weekend.
Talented young sports stars in soccer, cycling, athletics and lawn bowls will be inducted into WestVic Academy of Sports programs.
Brown will be keynote speaker for the ceremony at the University of Ballarat on Sunday.
The Australian goal keeper made her international women’s water polo debut at the 2005 FINA World Championships, stepping up from the junior national team.
Brown, who runs her own business, will speak on goal-setting, overcoming challenges and time management with a focus on athletic careers.
This will be one of three sessions for inductees, aimed at educating athletes in areas relevant to their sporting and life pursuits.
The first seminar will cover injury prevention and strength training.
Athletes will be shown important techniques, how such techniques are delivered within the Academy’s programs.
A seminar will also delve into the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, covering drug testing procedures, rights and responsibilities of athletes around banned substances and drug testing and how ASADA works.
Academy executive officer Rob Ward said the induction would help athletes progress to state and national levels.
The academy provides support to complete the daily, weekly and yearly training needs of athletes, through specialist coaching, strength and conditioning support, sport psychology and nutrition education and sport science testing.