Athletes with a Disability

The Illawarra Academy of Sport is committed to providing equal opportunity for athletes with a disability to achieve sporting excellence through the facilitation of appropriate sports development programs that support and enhance the athlete’s potential and sporting opportunities.

The Illawarra Academy of Sport is committed to providing equal opportunity for athletes with a disability to achieve sporting excellence through the facilitation of appropriate sports development programs that support and enhance the athlete’s potential and sporting opportunities.

The IAS Athlete with a Disability (AWD) Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions talented athletes with Disabilities by providing industry leading high performance sport development programs.

The AWD Program will provide athletes with an opportunity to engage high quality sports coaching, life skills and sports education curriculum, physical development programs as well as the opportunity to attend and participate in all Illawarra Academy of Sport functions. The program is open to individual and team athletes and their coaches.

Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October 2016 and concluding September 2017.

AWD athletes are provided a comprehensive sports specific athletic performance support, elite sports education curriculum and access to a range of elite sports development resources, as required, in consultation with the athlete and coaching staff. Athletes may be eligiable for financial assistance to source additional elite coaching and athlete development initiatives.

IAS Scholarship holders are expected to attend ALL scheduled IAS AWD sessions in addition to club, representative and other sporting commitments.

The IAS is committed to the development of the holistic athlete by providing support for sport specific skills development, athletic performance programs as well as an elite sports education curriculum.


Sports Specific Skill Development - SSSD

IAS Scholarship athletes are provided support for sport specific skills development. Athletes are offered support in sports specific skill areas, as required.

Athletic Movement Development - AMD

IAS Scholarship athletes receive a comprehensive Musculoskeletal Screening and individualised pre-hab exercise programs as well as an athletic movement competency screening with specific high performance resistance training programs designed for individual athletes needs in line with the long term athlete development model. Additionally, scholarship holders will receive sport specific physical testing in line with the requirements of the state and national sporting bodies.

Elite Sports Education Curriculum - ESEC

IAS Scholarship athletes will complete an education curriculum covering sports specific topics including sports nutrition, performance psychology, drugs in sport and athletic movement & injury prevention as well as personal development topics including athlete professionalism, goal-setting & time management and media awareness & public speaking.

Education sessions will be in the form of workshops and will require athletes to complete a home task as well as an online assessments towards the end of the scholarship period.

The IAS along with its sponsors and supporters covers the majority of the costs associated with the sports scholarship program. Scholarship athletes may however be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and/or tours.

New athletes maybe required to purchase the basic IAS Uniform which while partly subsidized by the IAS, maybe a cost to the athlete.

First Name Surname Sport Council
Andrew Pearson Baseball Shoalhaven
Tarren Dyer Swimming Wollongong
Jarrod Dyer Swimming Wollongong
Kirra Lockett Athletics Wingecarribee
Jasmine Greenwood Swimming Shoalhaven
Timothy Walsh Basketball Wollongong
Georgia Smyth Swimming Wollongong
Matthew Hearne Swimming/Soccer Wollongong

Athletes must satisfy the following eligibility criteria as to be considered for an IAS AWD Program Scholarship.

  • Reside in one of the five local councils within the IAS catchment area. These include Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.
  • Considered disabled due to intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive (including both congenital and acquired impairments), neurological, sensory or physical impairment, or combination of impairments.
  • Be aged between 13 – 18 years of age during the scholarship period. Special consideration may be given to intellectually impaired athletes outside the eligible age up to 25yrs of age, subject to the approval of the IAS board.
  • Be a registered member with a State Sporting Organisation (SSO) through an Association within the IAS Catchment area or The Disability Trust; and
  • Be competing at a state or national level or have been identified by state or national organisations as a future representative athlete.

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Physical capabilities and skills considered to be essential for eventual success in your chosen sport;
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction;
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance;
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for NSW/National representation within 24 months;
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence.

The selection process for the 2018 IAS Scholarship include the following:

  • All athletes MUST submit an Athlete Nomination Form - Now Open
  • All athletes need to attend the Trial to be held between 11th and 22 September 2017

New Athletes Only

  • New Athletes will be required to attend a short interview with the IAS staff and coaches between Monday 9th October – Friday 13th October 2017

The IAS Athlete with a Disability Program is proudly partnered by The Disability Trust, Choice Home Loans and BaiMed Sports Physiotherapy as well as supported by the Paralympic Sports Commission.

  • Program Overview
  • Program Specifics
  • Athlete Fees
  • 2017 IAS AWD Squad
  • Athlete Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • 2018 IAS AWD Selection Process

Program Partners

The Disability Trust Choice Homeloans Beaton Park Leisure Centre BaiMed