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.

Mr Kurt Freeme, Head Coach



Charlize Colwell
Tarren Dyer
Jarrod Dyer
Luke Huska
Caleb Jordan
Timothy Walsh
Chelsea York

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 and concluding September the following year.

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.

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.

AWD Selection Criteria – Athletes must satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities

-  Up to 21 years old

-  Affiliation to a sporting association associated with chosen sport

-  Evidence of classification or ability/capacity to gain/ seek a confirmation of disability whether it is physical or intellectual

-  Capacity to represent at State and National level within 12 months

-  Display an ability to apply coaching and technical instruction

-  Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance

  • All athletes need to attend a trial
  • New Athletes will be required to attend a short interview with the IAS staff and coaches 

To apply for a place in the IAS 2018/19 AWD squad click here.

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

  • AWD Squad and Coaches
  • Program Overview
  • Program Specifics
  • Athlete Fees
  • Athlete Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • 2018/19 IAS AWD Selection Process
  • 2018/19 AWD Nominations Are Now Open

Program Partners

Money Quest The Disability Trust Beaton Park Leisure Centre BaiMed