On Wednesday 26 June, Blacktown City Council provided an opportunity to recognise the success of the Academy’s athlete development programs, with a selection of talented local athletes in attendance.

Whilst a total of 29 athletes currently represent the Blacktown LGA, five talented athletes were selected as a representation of all athletes from the Academy at the reception.

Deputy Mayor Cr Tony Bleasdale addressed the athletes and commended them on their participation in Academy programs, commenting that “Council is a strong supporter of the Academy’s operations and is pleased to be able to support our young talented athletes”.

The Academy’s athletes included:

Imogen Gow                           AFL Girls

Miguel Villa                             Golf

Abby Kitto                               Netball Umpire

Amy Mann                              Softball

Strahinja Jakovljevic            Triathlon

These young athletes were able to share their journey including achievements, commitments and goals with the Deputy Mayor and Councillors Kathie Collins and Kevin Gillies who were also in attendance.

Current AFL athlete of the year, Imogen Gow thanked the Deputy Mayor and Council on behalf of all the Academy’s athletes.

Academy CEO Martin Bullock commented, “We are greatly appreciative of Blacktown Council’s wonderful support of our young athletes, and the representation of young Blacktown sports people continues to reflect the high levels of talent across a range of sports.” ­