CANI Surf Talent & Development Squads
In early 2014 a development squad was established within surf in Northern Ireland. This squads attends weekly water based midweek training (summer months) and monthly one day weekend water based sessions (all year round). The sessions are held primarily in Portrush but sessions have also been held in Bundoran and Sligo and are coached by Marty McCann. During the winter month’s weekly indoor ergo training sessions are held in Belfast.
Throughout the year squad members attend a large number of domestic and international race events at locations throughout the UK and Europe including The British Open at Freshwater West, Irish Open at Easkey, European Championships in Santa Cruz, Portugal and the World Surf Kayak Championships in Galicia, Spain. The squad also attend residential camps that have been held in Sligo, Donegal and Portush.
Currently there are eleven squad members within the development squad with head coach Marty McCann profiling squad members on a number of broadly categorised characteristics in the following areas: Competition, Technical, Lifestyle, Mental and Physical.
Notable individual achievements throughout 2015 included Jamie Gamble, Megan Gamble, Mathew Lamont, Emil Lazarescu and Meabh Lynch being selected to compete for Northern Ireland at the Surf Kayak World Championships in Galicia, Spain. Following on from this competition Mathew Lamont, Andrew Lamont, Emil Lazarescu and Sofia Lazarescu were selected to compete for Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Santa Cruz, Portugal. Matthew Lamont had a successful British Open retaining his Junior Title in Wales.
Development Squad members 2015/16