RAS Athletes Recognised at Parliament House

On Tuesday 19 September, two long-standing athletes Joshua Gadd and Lauren Woods made their way to NSW Parliament House for a leadership forum followed by a parliamentary reception. The leadership forum saw special guest speakers including Nathan Hindmarsh (NRL Ambassador), Anne Fitzgerald (ClubsNSW) and Samantha Poolman (Giants Netball). These special guests spoke to athletes on what it takes to become a good leader and how they made it to where they are today.

Following the forum, all 11 Regional Academies of Sport gathered in the Strangers Lounge for a Parliamentary Reception recognising the role of NSW Regional Academies and their outstanding athletes. The Speaker of the House, The Hon. Shelley Hancock MP and The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, The Minister for Sport and Member for Penrith, were both in attendance to extend their congratulations to the success of Academy athletes from all over regional NSW.

The Western Sydney Academy invited young netballer, Lauren Woods and golfer Joshua Gadd to the reception in representation of all the Academy’s athletes. This reception gave athletes, families, other Regional Academies of Sport, state government and local MP’s the opportunity to get together and discuss achievements and contributions!

Josh and Lauren got the opportunity to meet Trish Doyle MP (Blue Mountains), The Hon. Ray Williams MP (Castle Hill), Prue Car MP (Londonderry), The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP (Penrith), The Hon. David Elliott MP (Baulkham Hills), Kevin Connolly MP (Riverstone) and Dr Geoff Lee MP (Parramatta).

The Academy welcomed along members of it’s corporate family and board of directors with representatives from Castle Hill RSL Club and Kelly + Partners.

It was a great opportunity for our athletes to not only be recognised by influential politicians and corporate supporters but to also meet other athletes competing in various sports from Regional Academies all over the state.

Josh Gadd is finishing up with his high school studies this week and after completing his HSC exams will spend a year training full time as a part of the high performance squad with Golf NSW. Lauren will also be moving on from the Academy next year and after competing as the youngest team member of the Giants Fury U20 Premier League Netball team this year, will look to develop as a continued member of that squad.


Posted: 20 September 2017