The Western Sydney Academy of Sport have been delivering high quality development programs for the region’s talented young athletes for over 18 years now, and can currently lay claim to six Academy Alumni who have gone on to represent at the Olympics.

As a further indication of the quality and success of the Academy’s programs, four athletes who have passed through the Academy’s programs have been selected by Softball Australia to compete in the U/23 Men’s World Championships being held in Argentina in September this year.

  • Hayden Shaw (2016-17)
  • Jack Besgrove (2018-19)
  • Thomas Cass (2014-15, 2015-16)
  • Tyler Kelly (2016-17, 2017-18)

This is not only a milestone achievement for the very talented young players, but a huge endorsement of the effectiveness of the Academy’s program, which features highly accredited coaching staff, utilizes the best available venues and provides a holistic platform for its program delivery.

Jack Besgrove, who was a recipient of the Academy’s Woolworths Scholarship in 2019, has also been selected in the 2022 Aussie Steelers squad who will compete in the Softball Men’s World Cup in New Zealand in December.

The successes of these young male players come off the back of Academy alumni Taylah Tsitsikronis (2007/08-2010-11) and Kandra Lamb (2014/15-2016/17) being named in the Aussie Spirit Squad who competed at the World Games in Birmingham earlier this month.

WSAS Softball Program Manager Jo Beach commented on the success of Academy alumni “Is certainly a reflection of their time at WSAS and a result of the experienced and passionate coaches that are involved in the WSAS Softball Program. Always wanting the athletes to believe in themselves and to push their boundaries to achieve their full potential whilst on their journey as a pre-elite athlete and being involved in the WSAS Softball Program.”