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Former Olympian joins NASP

Students at Bayside Christian College are on target thanks to the handy coaching tips of former Olympic archer and coach Hans Wright.

Hans, an Order of Australian Medallist and member of the Australian Archery Hall of Fame, has joined the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) as national coach, sharing his knowledge of the sport with participating school children.

NASP is sweeping the globe as a program targeted at students in years 4 – 12 that promotes the importance of education and physical activity. Originally launched in the United States, the concept has been rolled out in schools around Australia.

As national coach for NASP, Hans will work alongside teachers to improve their archery coaching skills and with the students in the program to help improve their technique.

Peninsula Health’s Frankston School Focused Youth Services Coordinator Sonja Bottern said NASP teaches students the practical and theoretical skills in archery and offers physical activity that every student can take part, regardless of their physical or academic ability.

“Archery can also be incorporated across the broader educational curriculum and is an exciting way to entice students to take interest in other subjects including maths, science and history,” she said..

Since NASP was launched in 2006, eight primary schools and two secondary schools in the Frankston area have benefited from the positive outcomes of the program.

Steve Salisbury from Bayside Christian College said the program offers students more than just skills in archery. “It’s great for their confidence and self-esteem,” he added.

Sonja said overseas research in the program has shown improved classroom performance and attitude and reduced school absenteeism.

“We have had many success stories from the schools involved in the program about the significant classroom improvements they have seen in their students’, she said.

“NASP is all about individual achievement and teaching students to celebrate their achievements.”

The schools currently involved in NASP Australia are: Bayside Christian College, McClelland College, Skye Primary, Frankston East Primary, St Augustines Primary, Frankston Heights Primary, St Annes Primary and Karingal Primary.

For further information about NASP or SFYS contact Sonja Bottern at Frankston Community Health Service on 9784 8123 or 0407 317 368.