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The 2020/2021 NIAS Cycling program applications will open soon. 

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NIAS 2020 Squad:

Kalean Blair Uralla
Lachlan Butters Tamworth
Joshua Deasey Kootingal
Harry Fairfull Gunnedah
Jock Hollis Inverell
Leon Hystek Moonbi
Jack Larkin Binnaway
Jack Mackay Gunnedah
Lachlan Marsh Moore Creek
Ashton Scales Gunnedah
Eliza Shaw Tamworth
Kaden Thistle Tamworth
Campbell Walsh Inverell
Lawson Walsh Inverell  
Isabelle Willis East Tamworth

2020 Program Staff

Head Coach Mountain Biking: Michael Crummy
Head Coach Cycling: Sam Spokes: 
Assistant Coach: Alyssa Rogan and Martin Siddons 
Team Manager: Kirsty Maidment

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male and female athletes aged between 12 and 17 in 2021, reside in Northern Inland region.

Selection Process & Criteria

The squad will consist of up to 10 to 15 athletes per discipline (Mountain Bike, Track Cycling and Road Cycling).

To be eligible athletes will be required to submit details on previous race performance.  Athletes will also be required to attend the selection day and will be required to undergo a time trial and skills assessment.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period, November 2020- August 2021.

The Cycling program in 2019 will consist of 6 sessions throughout the year. These sessions will include on the bike specific training split into Mountain Bike and Cycling groups, everyone will then come together for off the bike sessions. (Presentations on Nutrition, race prep, strength and conditioning, testing, psychology etc.

Dates for these 6 sessions are TBC.


Program Year:

17th November: Regional training session. Tamworth

10th February: NIAS Induction and Education day

2nd/3rd March: Regional training session

April: Regional training session. Date and venue TBC

June: Regional training session. Date and venue TBC

July: Regional training session. Date and venue TBC

July/August: Academy Awards Night


Each regional training session will have a focus both on and off respective bikes and include an education session tailored to cycling.

Education sessions:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Fitness preparation
  • Nutrition 
  • Racing preparation:  

Mountain Biking:

  • 5th May: Tamworth Mountain Biking 5 hour race. Compulsory for NIAS athletes
  • April, May, June & July: North West New England NIXCS series
  • July: School Nationals MTB on the Gold Coast


Inter academy training weekend camps including fitness testing tailored to cycling. 

Program content

Skill sessions and camps are held within the Northern Inland region throughout the year (depending on what is most appropriate). The skills program follows a structured approach concentrating on a range of individual skills and development. Fitness sessions focus on the importance of building core strength to improve posture, balance and technique. On February the 10th, athletes are required to attend the GROWTH educational day. This program covers education sessions on goal setting, resilience, opportunities beyond sport, wellness and nutrition, testing and fitness, health and well being.

Regional training sessions for the 2020/2021 program are yet to be finalised.   Please refer to the Events section on the top of this webpage

Program Outcomes

The skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition in Regional and NSW events. 


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Contact NIAS if you would like to make an appeal and recieve feedback on your application. .

Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • GROWTH Day- Six educatonal workshops.
  • NIAS clothing pack.
  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions where applicable.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • One Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Mountain Biking is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, Life Skills Education Day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $190 GST inclusive. This is an approximate number, can change depending on tour activities.

Cycling Clothing Pack:  $TBC (Includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.


Open Date: 27 August 2018
Close Date: 18 January 2020

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

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