BluescopeWIN LoneStar Program

The IAS BluescopeWIN LONESTAR Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented athletes by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs.


The BluescopeWIN LSP is for athletes who compete in the various sports, individual or team, that the IAS currently do not provide specific program for or for athlete who fall outside the sports specific eligibility.


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


The aim of the program is to provide additional athlete development on top of the athletes club or school-based training environment. The program will aim to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any State or National Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways;
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in their chosen sport
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.

Mr Dane Robinson, Program Manager


Cooper Collinge - Surfing

Ryan Fleming - Tennis

George Michael - Rugby League

Maja Moore - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Kade Roberts  - Rugby League

Jacob Roulstone -  Motorcycle racing

Caycee Stratten - Snowboarding

Erin Willetts - Soccer

Keegan Willetts - Surfing

Kieran Woolley - Skateboarding

Miranda Blades - Gymnastics

Bailey Crehan - Swimming

Molly Jewiss - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Ella Treanor - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Liam Urszulak - Cricket

Taleha Urszulak - Equestrian

Parri Barrele - Tennis

Lara Check - Athletics

Talika Irvine - Swimming

Chelsea Pheeney - Swimming

Jack Hatcher Water - Polo

Jessica Adams - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Mikayla Carr - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Jemima Clarke - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Hannah Crinnion - Athletics

Ben Giason - Soccer and Athletics

Charlotte Gumm - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Mikayla Gumm - Acrobatic Gymnastics

Holly Holmesby - Surf Life Saving

Omar Matar - AFL & Swimming

Mia Parker - Water Polo

Ava Parry - Soccer

Clint Ridding - Swimming

Zara Sharman - Swimming & surf life saving

Emer Spiers - Athletics

Caley Tallon-Henniker - Athletics

Jade van Duin - Swimming

Teagan Williams - Athletics

The IAS 2019-20 Scholarship period will officially run from the Induction Day on Saturday 12 October 2019 through to September 2020.

Key commitments for the Scholarship period include (more specific information to come at Squad Inductions)

Squad Inductions:            (TBA - Early October)
Induction Day:                   12 October 2019
Academy Games:               3-5 April 2020
Training:                              Weekly or fortnightly (dependent on time of year)
Education Sessions:          Various dates throughout the year
Athlete Testing:                  Induction Day & Mid-March
Strength & Conditioning: Weekly (dependent on time of year)


BluescopeWIN LSP 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.

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

The IAS is committed to the development of the holistic athlete by providing elite training in the education and development around strength and conditioning, as well as a sports education curriculum.


Strength and Conditioning

There will be an expectation that IAS athletes commit to a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) program throughout the scholarship period. IAS view S&C as a crucial aspect of any athlete’s development. The IAS S&C program is overseen by our Physical Performance Coach and there are supervised weekly gym sessions at the majority of the council regions.


Education Components

IAS Scholarship athletes will complete an education curriculum covering sports specific topics including sports nutrition, performance psychology, drugs in sport, media/public speaking skills as well as many other topics throughout the year.


Education sessions will be in the form of webinars and workshops. The webinars are easily accessible anywhere, online. The workshops will take place at the University and will be a mix of interactive and content-based learning.

The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS  uniform.

To be eligible for the BluescopeWIN LoneStar Scholarship Program, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region made up of the Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee or Wollongong local government areas; and
  • Be a registered member with the State Sporting Organisation (SSO) through an Association within the Illawarra region; and
  • Be affiliated with the SSO for the nominated sport; and;
  • Be of age 13 - 17 during the year of scholarship i.e. born 2003 - 2007
  • Special consideration may be given to athletes outside the eligible age, subject to the approval of the IAS board.

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical 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 12 months;
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence; and;

Applications for 2019/20 Scholarships are now closed. 


For all enquiries please contact the IAS office on 4225 3899

The IAS Athlete Scholarship Program is proudly sponsored by BlueScopeWIN Community Partners and supported by various local sporting associations.

The LoneStar Program is endorsed by various state and national sporting bodies through their nomination of athletes for scholarships

  • 2018/19 BluescopeWIN LoneStar Scholarship Program
  • Program Overview
  • Program Specifics
  • Athlete Fees
  • 2019/20 Athlete Eligibility
  • 2019/20 Selection Criteria
  • 2019/20 Lonestar Nominations

Program Partners

Bluescope WIN Communities