Future Stars on the Right Path

The Academy held an Induction Day for the athletes selected into 2015/16 Programs on Sunday 25 October at Western Sydney University’s Penrith Campus. 120 athletes from the Netball, Softball, AFL, Hockey, Triathlon and Golf were in attendance.

The Induction Day began at 10am with the presentation of information about the Academy, its role and supporting partners. This was followed by a Partner Presentation by Yani Giusti from the Western Sydney University (WSU), during which she highlighted the opportunities that are on offer to Academy athletes and explained more about the exciting new changes that WSU is currently undergoing.

The athletes were then split into their sport programs and introduced to each other and the coaching staff. Coaching Staff provided an overview of the sport development pathways and the Academy’s place in helping athletes achieve success in their chosen sport.

After a short break, all of the athletes regrouped together in a lecture room for a joint education session that is compulsory as part of each program. Shannon Jennings from Western Sydney Sports Medicine Centre was on hand to present on a very relevant topic for aspiring young sports people, Injury Management and Prevention.  This seminar identifies the importance of injury management through stretching, technique, equipment, recover, sleep and nutrition. Shannon stressed the importance of exercise recovery in order to prevent any injuries as well as techniques to help you recuperate from injury. Covering everything from the right stretches to ice baths and compression clothing, to getting the right amount of sleep and hydration, Shannon was full of useful information that athletes of all sports can take on board.

The second seminar involved a particularly poignant topic in today’s society with Athina Shelston from Aware Education providing a presentation covering Integrity in Sport, Cybersmart, Social Media and Anti-Doping. For any young person who is keen to develop a career that could see them in the media spotlight, having knowledge about the effects of recreational drugs or posting content online is incredibly relevant and something the Academy ensures to educate all their athletes in.

Overall the day was a great success and a fantastic opportunity for the squads involved to begin their programs and get to know the Academy as well as each other. The Academy is looking forward to an exciting 2015/16 season and wishes every athlete all the best for their future endeavours.


Posted: 27th October 2015