WSAS Athletes with Clr Reena Jethi, Clr Brooke Collins OAM, Clr Elizabeth Russo, Clr Dr Peter Gangemi and Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne – Photography by Kess Media

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, congratulated 19 young sporting stars from the Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS) during a ceremony on Wednesday, June 2.

The local athletes have been apart of the Academy of Sport’s 2020/21 program which includes developmental training courses to help up-and-coming athletes residing in western Sydney to reach their full potential in their respective sport, including golf, cycling, netball, softball, BMX riding and so much more.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise some of our most talented young athletes,” Mayor Byrne said.

“I would like to congratulate these athletes for their incredible hard work and effort in reaching their current elite level. They have achieved so much and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them.

“I would also like to thank The Western Sydney Academy of Sport for all the work they do to help these rising stars to achieve their dreams,” Mayor Byrne added.

Western Sydney Academy of Sport Chief Executive Officer Martin Bullock said the Council has been a foundation supporter of the Academy for 17 years.

“This partnership has proven highly rewarding for young local athletes,” he said, adding “We are greatly appreciative for the wonderful relationship we have.”

The Academy’s programs are targeted at pre-elite athletes, who demonstrate skill and talent with the goal of progressing within their discipline.

The Academy aims to develop athletes into outstanding sports citizens by way of technical skill development, athlete education and personal development.