Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Conroy Best at Elite Academy

Conroy Best at Elite Academy



Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy with the Ian Snellgrove Award after graduating top at the 2014 Elite Motorsport Academy

Southland racing driver Jamie Conroy has emerged as the top graduate from the 2014 Elite Motorsport Academy held in Dunedin last week.

Conroy, the current New Zealand and South Island Formula Ford Champion, received the Ian Snellgrove Award for his achievement. The award is named in memory of Ian Snellgrove who was instrumental in the establishment of the academy and who was also Manager of the Motorsport New Zealand Scholarship Trust for nine years. Snellgrove also spent several years in Southland prior to his passing in 2012.

The Elite Motorsport Academy is run by the Motorsport NZ Scholarship Trust in conjunction with Excellence In Sport South Island and the Otago University sports science specialists. It features a demanding programme, both physically and mentally, focusing on a wide range of skills required for high performance sport. Participants must meet a high level of physical fitness before attending. Academy participants spend a week at the academy taking part in a range of activities including physical and mental challenges plus lessons in topics crucial to their motorsport futures such as team building, nutrition, media skills and sponsorship. Past graduates include Mitch Evans, Richie Stanaway, Hayden Paddon and Shane Van Gisbergen.

While Conroy was the top individual at the Academy he and his team mates in Team Rebound, fellow Formula Ford competitor Ryan Yardley, drifter Drew Donovan and Formula First pilot Taylor Cockerton, were also the top team.

While immensely satisfied with his week, Conroy was shattered on his return home after the demanding schedule. "It was a massive week. The Elite Academy is second to none and it is designed to break you down and push you past your limit mentally, emotionally and physically."

"They cram so much in but it will definitely help in the months and years to come. The facilities provided by Excellence In Sport South Island and the University Of Otago are unbelievable - the best in the southern hemisphere. I can't recommend the Elite Motorsport Academy highly enough to anyone thinking of progressing their motorsport career. If they are given the opportunity they should grab it with both hands - its awesome," say's Conroy.

One of the most memorable activities for Conroy was the run up Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street. "They sprang that on us last thing on Saturday after a gym session. It was pouring with rain."

The top award caps off a stellar season for Conroy who dominated the 2013/2014 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship and also won the South Island Formula Ford Championship title. He is currently looking at his options for next season.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news