MEDIA ALERT: Aspiring athletes called on to apply for academy opportunity


Applications are now open for aspiring young athletes interested in joining the Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) 2022 / 2023 Programs.

By registering their interest online via athletes could take their first step to becoming the next NIAS superstar, following sporting legends from this region such as Australian softball Olympian Stacey Porter or Hockeyroo, Kate Jenner.

NIAS CEO Shona Eichorn said all potential athletes, showing talent in any sport, are strongly encouraged to register their interest.

“NIAS has been supporting regional athletes for 30 years and during this time more than 4000 athletes (along with 400 Coaches and volunteers) have been a part of our community, many of whom progressing to higher levels of achievement,” said Mrs Eichorn.

“We have incredible talent within our region and it’s important to us that we provide the opportunities, pathways and access for our youth to thrive and transition to higher levels of competition and performance, and ultimately become better people as a result.”

For the first time, NIAS will be holding a Talent Identification Day on Saturday 29 October 2022 where all interested athletes must attend. This will be held at Scully Park, Tamworth between 10am and 1pm.

Fitness assessments will be conducted by NIAS Associate Partner, Rural Fit, with Sport Specific selections held the following day.

That night from 5pm, on Saturday 29 October, NIAS will celebrate the achievements of the 2022 athletes at its annual Academy Awards presentation night. Celebrations will then continue in recognition of the organisation’s 30th milestone birthday with NIAS Alumni returning to celebrate and inspire the current generation of NIAS athletes.