The Northern Inland Academy of Sport hosts an annual Awards night at the conclusion of its sporting programs. Awards are presented to both athletes and coaches in recognition of their development and contribution to their sport, along with presentations to sponsors and supporters for their support. The 2022 Academy Awards will be hosted at Scully Park & Wests Event Centre in Tamworth on Saturday 29 October, commencing at 5pm.

The following awards were presented in 2021:


Most Improved – Bridie Douglas (Quirindi) and Yasutomo

Most Dedicated – Sam Morris (Tamworth) and Katie Sheppard (Moore Creek)

Coaches Award – Tom Parsons (Werris Creek) and Miley Clark (Quirindi)

Basketball Athlete of the Year – Harrison Barton (Hallsville) and Gabrielle Higgins (Tamworth)


Most Improved – Matt Reece (Inverell)

Most Dedicated – Oliver Thomas (Hillvue)

Coaches Award – Rhys Devney (Moree)

Golf Athlete of the Year – Ryan McKinnon (Tamworth)


Most Improved – Cameron Le Surf (Armidale) and Emma Dauparus (Armidale)

Most Dedicated – Andrew Macinas (Tamworth) and Danika Watson (Armidale)

Coaches Award – Jayden Scott (Tamworth) and Chloe McWilliam (Tamworth)

Hockey Athlete of the Year – Sam Griffith (Tamworth) and Chloe Scicluna (Tamworth)

Mountain Biking

Most Improved – Jock Barwick (Loomberah)

Most Dedicated – Andy Blair (Uralla)

Coaches Award – Campbell Walsh (Inverell)

MTB Athlete of the Year – Jock Hollis (Inverell)

Major Awards

Coach of the Year – Michael Crummy (Head Coach - Mountain Biking)

Communicator of the Year – Caleb Bettison - Armidale (Athletics Program)

Chairperson’s Award – Isabella Banister – Saumarez Ponds (Netball Program)

Sarah Heagney Memorial Award – Kaitlin Driscoll (Head Coach - Netball Program)