Every year, the Northern Inland Academy of Sport host the Awards night at the conclusion of our sporting programs. Awards are offered to both athletes and coaches to recognise their development and contribution to their sport. Unfortunately in 2020, the awards night was unable to be held due to COVID-19. However, with online communication heightening throughout COVID-19 lockdown, NIAS announced two recipients of the Communicator of the Year award. In 2020 this award was presented to Leon Hystek (Mountain Biking) and Amber Downes (Lone Star-Gymnastics) for their communication efforts with the NIAS staff throughout the year. 


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 of 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 of Netball Program)



You can view the recipients of past awards in 2017 and 2018 by CLICKING HERE.