The Academy’s Cycling Program provides high-performance training opportunities for talented young athletes in the Western Sydney region. In partnership with AusCycling and NSWIS the program provides opportunities for athletes in the areas of technical skill, education and personal development, preparing athletes for the next level of elite sport representation.

The Program includes specific skill components, testing and reporting procedures set by AusCycling NSW. Together with competition opportunities, these program elements allow athletes to further progress along the cycling development pathway.

Nominations Open: 28 August 2023 – 15 September 2023

Squad Selection: September 2023

Program Period: November – September (Road, Track & Mountain Bike)

Pathway: Aus Cycling endorsed program

Age: 13-18 years (born 2006-2011)

Costs: $280 Athlete Levy + uniform & match play opportunities

The Program will comprise of technical development opportunities, athlete education, sports science and fitness elements for Academy scholarship holders. The Program aims to prepare athletes for progression to higher levels of individual performance and achievement, specifically selection into State and NSWIS squads.

  • The Academy’s Cycling Program will provide development opportunities for talented young athletes in the Western Sydney region. In partnership with AusCycling the program provides opportunities for athletes in the areas of technical skill, strength & conditioning, education and personal development, preparing athletes for the next level of elite sport representation.
  • The Cycling Program will provide opportunities for athletes to receive technical (coaching) support, practical and educational strength and conditioning knowledge across key topics such as nutrition, sports integrity, psychology, gratitude and empathy, cyber safety and sports injury management provided by the Academy.
  • Athletes will also receive personal development opportunities including media and corporate partner exposure, nominations for awards and Local Council events.
  • Provide fundamental individual and squad skill development sessions for athletes during representative off-season, and in-season maintenance programs.
  • Prepare athletes for NSW High Performance trials and pathways, specifically selection into State and NSWIS Squads.

The program provides access to pathway performance coaching, analysis of individual skill and development within a squad structure, sports science testing, and access to high performance strength and conditioning programs.

The Western Sydney Academy of Sport Cycling program is closely aligned to the AusCycling curriculum, and operates in conjunction with fellow Regional Academy of Sport Netball programs, and as such is designed to introduce athletes to the State and National high performance pathway.

Athletes selected in the Netball Program will receive the following benefits:

  • High quality coaching in a squad environment.
  • Access to quality training facilities;
  • Strength & Conditioning assessment and programming;
  • Opportunity to represent the Academy at various events.
  • Access to Academy XPS communication portal;
  • Academy athlete uniform kit.
  • A foundation in the technical and educational knowledge required to progress to the elite levels of Cycling.
  • Opportunity to attend Academy events, nominate for media and partner awards/scholarships.
  • Opportunities to receive benefits from Academy partners Sydney West Sports Medicine and their Long Term Athlete Development Program.

To be eligible to nominate for a scholarship within the Academy’s 2023/24 Cycling Program, athletes must be: 

  • Aged between 13 – 18 (born between 2006-2011);
  • A registered member of a local Cycling Club affiliated with AusCycling;
  • Committed to progressing to higher levels of representation within the sport of cycling;
  • Currently residing within the Local Government Areas of Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, City of Parramatta, Penrith or The Hills.

Athlete Scholarship Levy

  • An Athlete Scholarship levy of $280  inclusive of GST, will apply to all successful athletes.

This levy assists in offsetting the program costs of;

  1. Training and Development including training venue hire, sports equipment, skill development programming, and guest / coaching costs.
  2. Education and Support Services including online access to programs / XPS network, targeted sports education lectures and workshops with guest presenters, sport specific strength and conditioning program, sport science testing, and access to athlete wellbeing and support service network providers.


Additional Fees / Levies

1. Uniform Costs

  • Specific to sport requirements, which athletes will need to purchase through the online store from the official uniform supplier, ACEIT. The required items will be identified upon receiving all athlete paperwork.


2. Camps, Tours and Tournaments

  • Camps, Tours and Tournaments form an important part of each sport program structure. The costs of these events, as with the overall sport program, are heavily subsidised by the Academy and its partners.
  • Camp / Tour costs may be applied for certain activities throughout the program year and will be communicated well ahead of the event. These are generally costed at $100-$150 per day and include transport, accommodation and the majority of meal costs, as well as any entry fees associated with tournaments or performance elements of the camp / tour.
  • Eligible athletes who are selected to represent the Academy at the Regional Academy Games in Wagga Wagga in April 2024 will be required to pay a Games levy of between $350 and $400 (subject to sport requirements), which will be invoiced separately to the above Athlete Scholarship Levy.
  • Tournaments held locally (where the Academy does not provide Accommodation) may attract a nominal fee of approximately $50 depending on the sport requirements, and are used to assist in covering the tournament entry, venue hire and any transport costs.


All Athlete levies must be paid in full within 14 days of the invoiced date, or the scholarship offer will be automatically withdrawn; unless financial hardship or payment plan arrangements have been made with the CEO or Academy Staff.


Congratulations to the below athletes and coaches who make up our Official 2023/24 Cycling Squad!

Joshua Moore                          Erin Prince

Harley Bradshaw                      Oscar Szkudlarek

Alexander O’Shaughnessy       Sylvia Dagg

Charlotte O’Shaghnessy          Amelia Nicolaou

Isobel Prince


Pierre DUBIER (Head Coach)     Lucy O’SHAUGHNESSY (Squad Manager)

Nominations for the 2023/2024 Cycling program are NOW CLOSED.