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2020 Program

The 2020 NIAS Athletics Program  commenced in October 2019 and will continue through to March 2020.   It is planned that athletes will attend 5 regional training sessions during the program. Satellite or assisted correspondence training session will also be organised for those who do not have a club coach.    A squad tour is planned to attend the Country Championships/Hunter Track Classic in Newcastle on the Australia Day long weekend. Athletes aged 13 – 17 yrs of age are eligible to apply.


2020 Athletics Program

2020 Athletes:

First Name Last Name City
Georgie Auld Quipolly
Caleb Bettison Armidale
Baxter Dalton Narrabri
Sha'e Davis Coonabarabran
Siarne Davis Coonabarabran
Callum Dear Gunnedah
Caitlyn Etheridge Cattle creek
Matthew Evans Narrabri
Caitlin Evans Narrabri
Liam Hunt Armidale
Evan  Morrison  Tamworth 
Koby Nelson Tamworth
Brooke Newberry Guyra
Ivy Pritchard Tamworth
Isabella Sawyer Gunnedah
Ebony  Taylor Delungra
Ellie Thomas Gunnedah

Coaching team:

Head Coach - Adam Joliffe
Assistant Coach -  Adrianne Rankin

Trainee Coach - Mikielee Snow 

Trainee Coach - Nick Price 

Trainee Coach - Matthew Campion



Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male and female athletes turning 13 to 16 in 2020 (born in 2004-08), reside in Northern Inland region. Athletes are required to be registered with affiliated athletics club to apply.

The program will commence in November with an introductory session into NIAS. Date TBC! 

Selection Process & Criteria

The squad will consist of female and male athletes including para athletics. Selection into the Athletics program will be based on past performance and results. 

To be eligible athletes will be required to submit details on athletic ability.

Athletes need to be registered with affiliated athletics club to apply.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period, October 2019 to August 2020

Program content

The 2020 NIAS Athletics Program is scheduled to commence in November 2019 through to August 2020. Athletes will attend 6 regional training sessions during the program. Satellite or assisted correspondence training session will also be organised for those who do not have a club coach.    A squad tour is planned to compete at the Country Champs held in Dubbo in January 2020. Athletes aged 13 – 17yrs of age are eligible to apply. Click on the Apply button to submit your application.

Regional training session dates are yet to be finalized. Please refer to the events on the webpag or contact NIAS team. Athletes will be provided all training dates at commencement of program. 

One of the regional training sessions will include a level 1 coach & official qualification for athletes. 

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. All athletes will be required to attend the NIAS Life Skills Education Day in February 2020, in Armidale.  

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.
  • Lifeskills Education Day
  • NIAS clothing pack.
  • 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.
  • Athletics is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both at the track and field and off..
  • 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 
  • Assist/Volunteer at the NIAS National Primary Games in July 


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.

Athletics 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: 26 August 2019
Close Date: 22 November 2019

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

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