The Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) has announced applications for the 2018 sporting programs are now open.
NIAS is seeking athletes throughout the North West and New England regions who are passionate about developing their potential on and off the field and looking for opportunities on the pre-elite sporting pathway.
Sports for 2018 include (age of applicants turning in 2018):
- AFL (boys and girls)- 14 to 17 years
- Athletics (boys and girls) – 13 to 17 years
- Basketball (boys and girls) - 14 and 15 years
- Football (boys and girls) - 15 to 17 years
- Golf (boys and girls) - 12 to 18 years
- Hockey (boys and girls) - 15 to 18 years
- Lonestar (Individual sports) - 14 to 18 years
- Mountain Biking (boys and girls) – 12 to 15 years
- Netball - 14 to 16 years
- Rugby League - 15 years
- Rugby 7s (boys and girls) 15 and 17 years
- Tennis (boys and girls) – 13 to 16 years
Sporting programs will consist of skill development sessions and camps. The skills program follows a structured approach concentrating on a range of skills and development.
Guest coaches ensure that the program remains fresh and motivating where athletes are presented with new ideas and different perspectives to encourage their development.
In February 2018, athletes will attend the NIAS Induction/GROWTH Day in Armidale. This program covers education sessions on Goal Setting, Resilience, Opportunities beyond sport, Wellness and Nutrition management, Testing is catered for each sport and healthy mind/healthy body.
In August 2018, all athletes will attend the NIAS Academy Awards night in Tamworth which is a celebration of all athletes, managers, coaches’ and volunteer’s achievements throughout the program year.
NIAS is also calling for nominations for enthusiastic and motivated coaches (head coach, assistant coach and team manager) across all sports. This is a great opportunity for coaches to further develop their skills both on and off the field.
For more information on the NIAS 2018 sporting programs, visit www.nias.org.au or phone 6766 2526.
ATHLETE PROFILE Joel Carter
Sport: Mountain Biking
What town or city do you come from: Tamworth
How long have you been involved with NIAS: Two years
Age: 14 Ambition: To improve my skills and participate at a higher level competition.
Hero: Jason English (24-hour mountain bike racing), has won seven consecutive world championships.
Biggest influence: Steve Mair, for passing on his knowledge of mountain biking. He gives up his weekends so that others like me can improve our riding.
What do you like doing when you’re not involved in sport: Practicing my skills at home on a regular basis.