The education of athletes has been a primary focus for the Academy over the May/June period. An education blitz is being delivered to athletes in various squads on a range of different topics from nutrition to sports psychology to strength and conditioning! Athletes from the Academy’s golf, cycling, hockey and softball squads have and will continue to gather at Blacktown International Sportspark to gain valuable insight into what it takes to become an elite athlete both in and out of their respective sporting arenas.
2016 Lone Star athlete Rachel Wood has proven her strength in the surf time and time again. Last year Rachel competed in the Youth Surf Lifesaving World Championships where she secured an array of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. This year, Rachel is moving up from the Youth Championships and has been selected in the Australian Open Surf Lifesaving Squad.
On Monday 1 May, the Academy’s Harold Matthews and SG Ball squads gathered at St Mary’s Rugby League Club for the 11th Annual Rugby League Presentation, to recognise the hard work and improvements made over the course of the program. With valuable stakeholders in the room including those from NSW Rugby League, Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers, players were awarded with some significant awards.
Young athletes from across the state will undergo an intensive education program covering everything from the dangers of drugs in sport to nutrition and financial literacy, thanks to a new ClubsNSW-funded scheme to be administered by the Regional Academies of Sport (RASi). ClubsNSW has committed to $200,000 a year for the next three years towards the program, which will provide a best practice health and wellbeing program to 2000 young people across the state.
In October 2016 talented AFL athletes from across Western Sydney were inducted into the Academy’s AFL squad. This program would see the athletes develop their skills and knowledge before gaining the opportunity to move on to the next level in the development pathway. This month the GWS Giants selected their U16 GWS Giants Academy squad with a long list of those selected coming from the Western Sydney Academy of Sports AFL Squad.
The weekend of 7th-9th April saw the Academy’s Hockey, Netball, Golf and boys Softball squads head to the NSW Central Coast to compete against ten other Regional Academies from across the state. Hosted once again by the Central Coast Academy of Sport, the ClubsNSW Academy Games showcased the sporting talent in regional NSW in particular our Western Sydney athletes.
The Academy’s SG Ball and Harold Matthews Rugby League teams have had a tumultuous season thus far but are proving themselves as worthy competitors out on the pitch! In round 6 the squads travelled south-west to Campbelltown Stadium to take on the Western Suburbs Magpies. The Harold Matthews (U16’s) squad played a great game of rugby league coming away with a 30 – 22 win against the Magpies. The game was proceeded by the SG Ball (U18’s) who just went down 17 – 18.
Western Sydney Academy of Sport is excited to announce Heartland Motors as our new Lone Star Athlete Development Program Partner. The Academy’s Lone Star program has been established to provide holistic development opportunities for young athletes involved in sports that are not currently supported by Academy programs.
Western Sydney Academy of Sport held its eighth annual fundraising event ‘A Night With The Stars’ on Friday 10 March at Castle Hill RSL, with over 250 guests in attendance. This event is the Academy’s major fundraiser, assisting in providing athlete development programs for western Sydney’s young talented athletes.
This weekend will see the launch of the Suncorp Super Netball League. After parting ways with New Zealand and ceasing the ANZ Championship this new Super League was born. With the Nine Network and Telstra teaming up to broadcast the games each week.