Following a successful self-nomination process for the 2008 CAMS Rally, Off Road and Women's Driver Development Programs, ten of Australia's most promising young motor sport competitors have been selected to attend two specialist training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Applicants for each of the three programs had to meet specific assessment criteria including strong previous performance and a desire to pursue an international motor sport career.

For the first time since the inaugural camp in 2003, the program includes three of the most promising names in Off Road racing, which Australian Off Road Commission Chairman, John Paterson, is thrilled about.

"This initiative recognises Off Road racing on the main stage of motor sport and whilst I feel confident that our guys will be champions of the future, the program will play a key role in enabling them to manage the pressures along the way," said Paterson.

The volume and quality of applicants for the 2008 programs was very impressive and despite some difficult decisions during the selection process, CAMS believes that every person in the squad has what it takes to progress to the international level.

The 2008 CAMS Women's Driver Development Program consists of the following squad members:
* Victoria Whitley (Qld) - Karting / Circuit
* Molly Taylor (NSW) - Rally

The 2008 CAMS Rally Driver Development Program consists of the following squad members:
* Paul Batten (Vic)
* Glen Raymond (Vic)
* Mitchell Hall (SA)
* Nathan Quinn (NSW)
* Brenton Kaitler (Vic)

The 2008 CAMS Off Road Driver Development Program consists of the following squad members:
* Travis Milburn (SA)
* Daniel Brown (Vic)
* Beau Robinson (WA)

CAMS CEO, Graham Fountain, has commended the squad members for their outstanding individual achievements to date and expressed his support for their continued development.

"The CAMS Driver Development Programs are a fantastic opportunity for each of these worthy participants to not only develop their individual skills applicable to the sport, but also enhance their personal whole of life skills. We look forward to their ongoing affiliation with CAMS, continuing to work with them and wish them all the best of luck for the year ahead and hearing about their experiences at the AIS."

The intensive two-day camp will take place at the AIS in Canberra in mid February, with each of the groups scheduled to attend a follow-up camp in June. The AIS program focuses on elements of nutrition, physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, and media training at an elite level.

CAMS would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission for their support of the programs in 2008.

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