2018 boys NIAS Basketball Program:

Archie Cudmore- Qurindi 

Blair Kedzlie- Tamworth 

Bailey Keech- Tamworth

Jake Larkham- Tamworth 

Jack Murdoch- Tamworth

Aiden R de Luzuriaga- Gunnedah 

Nathan Summers- Tamworth

Nathaniel Thrift- Tamworth

Connor Watt- Tamworth



Hayley Beck- Tamworth

Anika Earsman- Tamworth 

Zali Humble- Tamworth

Josie Humble- Tamworth

Arianna Klein- Tamworth

Samantha McCubbin- Manilla

Marley Pitt- Tamworth

Bianca Watson- Tamworth

Olivia Whittemore- Tamworth 

Shanti Kennedy-Tamworth



Coaching Staff

Program Co-ordinator/Mentor Coach - Greg O'Toole
Women's Head Coach - Matt Hobson
Womens Assistant Coach - Open
Men's Head Coach -  Jono Willis
Men's Assistant Coach - Open
Manager - Open

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Athletes should be aged 14 or 15 in 2019 and be residing in Northern Inland region.

Selection Process

Trials will be taking place in November 2018 TBC 

The squad will consist of 20 athletes, 10 male and 10 female.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period November 2018 to May 2019

Program Outcomes

The skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition nationally and internationally.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent Identification processes.

  1. T- Technique
  2. I- Intelligence (Basketball).
  3. P- Physical Attributes
  4. S- Skill
  5. Endurance- 20m shuttle run


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.

Program content

Program year will consist of the following: 

- Weekend regional training days (over 30 hours of coaching time)

- NIAS GROWTH day - Educational component 

- Sydney tour weekend - (specialist coaching including games at Newington College)

- ClubsNSW Academy Games

- Annual Academy Awards Night 

Regional training session dates are yet to be finalized.   Please refer to the Events on the webpage.



Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality and experienced basketball athletes
  • Lifeskills GROWTH workshop including lunch for athlete.
  • Sydney tour - high level guest coaches and access to professional sporting environment
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 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.

  • Basketball is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both in and out of the arena.
  • 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 


Athlete levy:  $180 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $180 GST inclusive
Academy Games 
$250.00 GST inclusive
Basketball Clothing Pack:  $250 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.

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


Open Date: 27 August 2018
Close Date: 29 November 2019

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

Applications currently closed