Integrity, citizenship, self-determination and motivation are some of the cornerstone words used to help build effective leaders in our community. The world’s response to the COVID-19 virus and the necessity to place our sporting pursuits to the background so that people’s lives are not at risk is a noble task but one that challenges our foundational values. It doesn’t mean we stop – but it does mean that we face the challenges of the world and meet them as best as we are able. The IAS family will work as hard as we are able to support each other and lead through example in maintaining a high quality service to the athletes of 2019-20. #nostoppingIAS
The IAS has always put the athletes’ needs first and foremost. The athletes having a voice and an impact on what the IAS offers is crucial and to best enable this, the IAS decided to put together a team of Captains, assigned from each program, to represent the athlete body. Congratulations to the IAS 2019-20 Program Captains!
Following the advice from the Office of Sport and after a tele-conference with each of the Regional Academies of Sport in NSW at 12:30pm today (Monday 16 March) we can offer the following advice, including 2020 Your Local Club Academy Games has been cancelled and IAS activities (including squad training, strength and conditioning sessions, Mayoral Receptions) ceased until further notice.
The Illawarra Academy of Sport hosted its Annual Golf Day fundraiser on Friday 6 March 2020 at the Links Shell Cove, with Golf Illawarra narrowly taking the crown from UOW on a countback and Dapto League Club finishing in third.
It was another successful weekend at the track for IAS Cyclists during the 2020 Cycling NSW U15 & U17 Track Championships held at the Dunc Gray Velodrome from 28 February to 1 March. Ryan Britten, Sarah Cliff, Jonah Hamer, Hugh Sessini, Emily Strumfin and Curtis Trkulja represented the IAS superbly in the Under 17s, hauling in nine gold medals, one silver medal, and four athletes being named in the NSW team.
It’s been a big few weeks for our Surf Life Saving Athletes, with the Surf Life Saving Australia Interstates and the Surf Life Saving NSW Country Championships. Across the two events, the BluescopeWIN Lonestar athletes returned home with a combined six National medals and seventeen NSW Country medals.
Priding themselves on community engagement and supporting the local talented athletes, long standing IAS Partner BaiMed have again offered BaiMed Performance Scholarships to 10 IAS athletes. Congratulations to those selected!
IAS BluescopeWIN Basketballers have started the year in fine form with over 13 squad members representing NSW at either the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup or the Southern Cross Challenge. Mason Broadhead and Amelia Cotter's performances led to their selection in the Australian Country team.
We are teeing off for the Illawarra Academy of Sport Annual Golf Day Fundraiser on Friday 6 March 2020 from 7.30am at The Links, Shell Cove.
The day will be action packed with 18-holes of golf (4 person Ambrose, with prizes for 1st / 2nd / 3rd teams, longest drive, nearest to pin and novelty holes), Raffles, Networking and much more!
The start of the new decade has been an exciting time for 15-year-old BluescopeWIN Lonestar, Xavier Brightman representing Southern NSW at both the U15 and U16 Australian Futsal Association's National Tournaments. Brightman's performance caught selectors eye leading to selection in the U15 Australian All-Star team and the Australian Futsal Team to tour Greece in October.