The Academy is partnering with Nepean Rowing Club in an exciting talent identification and development program, searching for our future Olympians. We are seeking young athletes dedicated to sport and ready to commit to a development program – regardless of any lack of experience in rowing.

  • The Academy’s Rowing Program will provide development opportunities for talented young athletes in the Western Sydney region. In partnership with Nepean Rowing Club and Rowing NSW, 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 Rowing 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 following benefits will apply to athletes selected within the WSAS Rowing Program:

  • Nominations facilitated for local community sports awards
  • High quality coaching endorsed by Nepean Rowing Club in an individual and squad environment;
  • Opportunity to represent the Academy at various events;
  • Insight into what it takes to become a professional athlete;
  • Access to Academy XPS communication portal;
  • Academy athlete uniform apparel;
  • A foundation in the technical and educational knowledge required to progress to the elite levels of Rowing;
  • Opportunity to attend Academy events, nominate for media and partner awards/scholarships;
  • Strength and Conditioning program opportunities

To be eligible for the Academy 2022/23 Rowing Program, athletes must be:

  • Born between 2004 – 2008;
  • Committed to progressing to higher representation within the sport of rowing;
  • 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.


Genevieve Bazina    Georgia Yuen

Emily Boyes              Sophia Whitelaw

Maiya Edwards        James Baker

Jessics Harris          Luca Bazina

Jade Sharpe             Angus George

Ellie Taylor                Oscar Parsons 

Viti Young                  Ezekiel Pratt

Coaching Staff:

Daniel Waddell (Head Coach)        Jason Waddell (Assistant Coach)

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