Lone Star / Individual Athletes

Online Applications

Applications for 2022/2023 NIAS LoneStar (Individual Athlete) program CLOSE on 21 October, 2022. 

ALL athletes wishing to be considered for selection in 2022/2023 must attend the TALENT IDENTIFICATION DAY on Saturday 29 October, 2022 at Scully Park in Tamworth from 10am - 1pm.  


(Or at the bottom of the page for mobile users)

To be eligible, athletes must be aged 14 - 18 years old in 2023 (born 2005-2009) and compete in your sport at the State, National or International level.

Should you require more information, please contact the NIAS office.

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"Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club" Lone star Program

2022 Squad

Caitlin Croft Equestrian Uralla
Pippa Cullen Equestrian Hallsville
Zali Duncan Equestrian Timbumburi
Robin Henry Equestrian Quirindi
Ella Hunt Polocrosse Spring Plains
Sophie Parsons Cricket Invergowrie
Piper Swalwell Gymnastics Calala

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male and Female athletes aged between 14-18 in 2023 (born between 2009 to 2005) who live in the Northern Inland region, who have been selected in their chosen sport at state or national level. NIAS encourages all eligible able bodied and athletes with disabilty to apply!

Selection Process & Criteria

Scholarships will be considered based on recent performances, ranking and recommendations from respective state sporting organisations. 

  • Athletes may be involved in an individual or team sport.
  • Athletes who are eligible to apply for a NIAS squad based program during 2022/2023 are ineligible.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on the most recent performances by the athlete at state level or equivalent.
  • An athlete may only have a 'Lone Star' scholarship for 2 years.
  • Athlete must be a member of a regional and or state sporting organisation.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 12 month period, November 2022 to October 2023.

Program content

Lone Star requires the athletes to maintain monthly communication with the NIAS office. Athletes selected in the program are required to:

  • Attend the NIAS Athlete Induction
  • Attend Education and Performance Support activities
  • Contribute to the regional community 
  • Provide Monthly reports
  • Attend NIAS events as required.

Program Outcomes

LoneStar athletes recieve individual cash grants and support. These scholarships are designed to assist athletes with the costs of training and competing at State, National or Internationla level. 


Unsuccesful athletes should contact the NIAS office to receive feedback.

Athlete Benefits

  • Financial support of up to $500 toward expenses incurred in selection to higher level competition, training, facility access, gym fees etc
  • Attendance at Education and Performance Support activities
  • NIAS clothing: polo shirt and cap. Additional items available for purchase
  • Media recognition
  • Invitation to events such as the annual Academy Awards presentation.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • 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 feedback.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress appropriately when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear NIAS apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS Athlete policies.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS as required.


An Athlete Levy will apply to all athletes selected. 


Open Date: 09 September 2022
Close Date: 21 October 2022

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email nias@nias.org.au

Applications currently closed


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