Online Applications

Athlete applications for the 2020 program open on Tuesday 27th August 2019 and close on Friday 25th October 2019.

To be eligible you must be aged 17 or under (born before 2002) to apply.

Click on the Apply button for more information and to submit your application.  ----------->


Coach Nomination applications are open until Friday 25th October, Download form here or at our website.   




NIAS 2019 Squad:

Lachlan Butters - Tamworth                                       
Eddie Willis - Tamworth
Luke Deasey - Tamworth                                             
Joshua Deasey - Tamworth
Jack Larkin - Narrabri                                                     
Isla Maidment - Tamworth
Joel Mcintyre - Tamworth                                           
Lucas Howlett - Armidale
Kalean Blair - Armidale                                  
Alex Day - Tamworth
Conor Noonan - Tamworth                                         
Sophia Butler- Tamworth

2019 Program Staff

The 2019 Team Coaches are:
-Head Coach Mountain Biking: Alyssa Rogan 
-Head Coach Cycling: Sam Spokes: 
- Martin Siddons 
- Kirsty Maidment, Team Manager 
-Michael Crummy 

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male and female athletes aged between 12 and 17 in 2020, reside in Northern Inland region.

Selection Process

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

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period, November 2018- August 2019.

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 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. 

Selection Criteria

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.


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

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 2019 program are yet to be finalized.   Please refer to the Events on the webpage.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 14 October 2019
Close Date: 31 January 2020

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

Athlete Information

Height (cm)*
Weight (kg)*

Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Fathers Name*
Fathers Phone Number*
Mothers Name*
Mothers Phone Number*
Parent Email*
Council LGA*

Medical Details

Medicare No*
Family Doctor
Family Doctor Ph Number
Do you have any injuries*
Permission to Call Ambulance*
Emergency Contact*
Emergency Mobile No*
Do you suffer from any known allergies?*
Member of Private health Fund
Fund Name
Fund Member Number
Medical Operations/Conditions*
Ambulance Cover with Private Health

Sport Information

Lonestar Sport (if applicable)
Golf H'cap (if applicable)
Current Club/Association*
Coach Name
Coach Mobile
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Additional Information
How long have you played/competed*
Preferred Position*
What are your goals with your sport*
Who is your favourite Athlete?*
Greatest Influence on your Sports career*


Athlete declaration*
I have read the NIAS Terms and Conditions, NIAS Drug Policy and the NIAS Athlete Code of Ethics documents and if selected, I agree to fulfil all obligations to the Academy outlined in these documents.
Parent Declaration*
I have read the NIAS Terms and Conditions, NIAS Drug Policy and the NIAS Athlete Code of Ethics documents and if selected, I agree to fulfil all obligations to the Academy outlined in these documents.


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