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.
The 2017 Canoe Slalom Oceania Championships kicked off on 27 January at Auckland’s Vector Wero Whitewater Park, where Academy alumni displayed the incredible talent hailing from western Sydney.
With only five weeks left until “A Night With The Stars”, excitement is building as guest speakers, entertainment and hotly demanded auction items are set in. Celebrity sports stars such as Cameron Girdlestone and Terry Lamb sit among other stars in the Bar Stool Banter segment.
From the 2nd – 8th January Softball Australia held the 48th U17 Girls’ National Softball Championships at Blacktown International Sportspark. Three of The Academy’s talented young softballers Shaylan Whatman, Georgia Britton and Emily Peters all competed as members of the NSW representative team.
On Wednesday 7th December 2016, Academy cycling graduate Stephen Cuff made his way down the Joe Ciavola Velodrome in Melbourne to compete in the 2017 Oceania Track Championships (although conducted in 2016, this event is still a 2017 Championship). Stephen competed over 4 days, securing a number of medals.