Lone Star

Online Applications

The 2021 NIAS Lone Star applications are currently CLOSED and the squad has been selected.

To be eligble, athletes must be aged 14 - 18 years old in 2021 (born 2003-2007) and compete in your sport at the State, National or International level.

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

To stay up to date with application and program information Like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn.



"Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club" Lone star Program

2021 Squad

Caitlin Croft Equestrian (Uralla)
Caitlyn Etheridge Touch football (Cattle Creek)
Cadence McShane Swimming (Glen Innes)
Jorja Power Equestrian (Walcha)
lona Stanton Gymnastics (Walcha)
Zoe Stewart Lawn Bowls (Tamworth)
Tara Stewart Lawn Bowls (Tamworth)
Mark Stones BMX Racing (Tamworth)
Annalise Tighe Gymnastics (Tamworth)

2021 Program Manager

Emmelene White

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male and Female athletes aged between 14-18 in 2021 (born between 2007 to 2003) who live in the Northern Inland region, who have been selected within their chosen sport at state or national level.

Selection Process & Criteria

Up to 8 regional based athletes may be offered a scholarship based on their recent performances, ranking and recommendations from respective state sporting organisations. Applications will be assessed by the NIAS Lonestar selection panel. Personal interviews may be called for.

  • Athletes may be involved in an individual or team sport.
  • Athletes who are eligible to apply for a NIAS squad based program during 2020 are ineligible.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on the most recent performances by the athlete at state level or equivalent.
  • An athlete can only have a 'Lone Star' scholarship for 2 years.
  • Athlete must be a member of a regional and or state sporting body.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 12 month period, January 2021 to December 2021.

Life Skills Education Weekend: March (TBC)

Annual Awards Night: TBC

Program content

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

  • Attend the induction
  • Attend Life Skills Education Weekend
  • Be involved as a volunteer at a community event eg Volunteering at your sport for a junior competition
  • Involved in a Media interview via Radio, Television or Newspaper
  • Monthly Reporting
  • Attendance at NIAS annual awards night

Program Outcomes

Lone Star athletes recieve individual cash grants and support. These scholarships are designed to assist athletes defray the costs of training and competing at a high level such as state and national representation


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:

  • Financial support, total reimbursement grant of $500 to go toward expenses incurred in gaining access to higher quality competition, training, facility access, gym fees etc.
  • Attendance at the NIAS Life Skills Education Weekend (off-field education)
  • NIAS merchandise - NIAS polo and cap. Additional items available for purchase.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • One Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Media Recognition.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Lone Star Sport is your 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.




Open Date: 26 August 2020
Close Date: 27 January 2021

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

Applications currently closed


Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club
Want To Join?  Apply