Two weeks ago, up in Townsville Australia, I coached another U18 National Championships. It is important we come back and reflect, seek out improvement and do some analysis. One of the things I have been doing is thinking about the level of talent in Australia I have worked with and coached against over the years that I have been coaching at the championships. I began to do some analysis and debate with some colleagues on the most talent in an U18 National Championships. As we continued the conversation and I did some more research and analysis I decided I had to blog on this subject; the greatest collective talent at U18 Australian National Champs in history.
The subject for the blog is Australia's most talented national championships and in blogging on this subject I hope readers can get a better understanding on what the championships produces, the talent that comes through our nation's pathways and the world class development we can provide our athletes here in Australia. In my opinion most don't always appreciate upcoming talent when they see it at the time until they see these men at the other end of their journey. I hope by looking back a few years you can appreciate the great opportunity of competing in, and talent you compete against at Australia's National U18 Championships.
About Australian National Championships
Other than commenting on the most talented championships I also wanted to post a high quality, educational and informational blog on national championships, a proven ground for producing elite, international talent over many, many years. U18 National Champs have been packed with talent over the past decade, and beyond (see the discussion below about 2004), but 2012 was special. The 2012 U18 National Championships are the focus of this blog.
National Championships are the major competitive pathway in Australia for elite, young prospects. They take place in February (U20