NORTHERN Inland Academy of Sport has a busy period approaching after receiving some welcome accolades at Parliament House last week.
Yesterday applications for six NIAS programs – netball, golf, triathlon, hockey, touch and Lonestar – closed.
Next month NIAS will hold junior activity days in Armidale and Tamworth.
On Tuesday, October 1 the Tamworth Sports Dome will run an activities day for children aged 7-12 including futsal, taekwondo, indoor cricket, netball, volleyball, badminton, circus and hotshots tennis.
On Wednesday, October 2, Sport UNE will also host the above sports as well as climbing wall and more.
It costs $40, NIAS executive officer Di Hallam said.
The school holiday sporting activities days are just a small part of what NIAS does.
In Sydney last week, Hallam and three of the talented NIAS sportsmen and women attended the Regional Academies of Sport 2013 Parliamentary Reception.
“It was an opportunity for the new Sports Minister, Gabrielle Upton, and MPs to hear and see what the regional academies are all about,” Hallam said.
‘The academies are getting bigger and better.
“It was also a great opportunity for me to meet them and the other EOs of the regional academies face to face.
“We had a sport forum on the Monday and Tuesday before the reception.
“We all have common goals. The reception was well received too. The MPs were impressed to see the young sportsmen and women realise their potential.”
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall extolled the virtues of three talented young NIAS members – Holly Clarke, Kyle Eichorn and Brittany Parker – in Parliament.
“Holly Clarke, 20, is a very talented netballer,” he said.
“In 2011 she co-captained the Northern Inland Academy of Sport Academy Netball Squad, in 2010 was a Liverpool representative and in 2009 was a member of the Academy Games State Merit Squad,” Marshall told Parliament.
“Kyle Eichorn, 21, is an incredibly talented hockey player.
“The Northern Tablelands and the northern inland region are very lucky to have some exceptional hockey players.
“This year Kyle was in the under-21 New South Wales hockey team and the New South Wales Open men’s representative team.
“Brittany Parker, who hails from my home town of Armidale, is also a very talented hockey player.
“In 2013, aged 18, she is a trainee coach with the Northern Inland Academy of Sport as well as being a New South Wales under-18 representative.
“Last year she was the academy’s Female Athlete of the Year.
“It was great to see all the academies represented today at Parliament House.”
At the reception Anne Fitzgerald, Executive Manager Member Services and Marketing for Clubs NSW, addressed the gathering and made special mention of the long-standing commitment of clubs from across the region to NIAS and the talented young sportspeople.
Hallam said the support provided by Clubs NSW and clubs “throughout our region greatly assists NIAS’s talented young athletes and was very much appreciated”.
“We simply would not be able to do all that we do without their ongoing commitment,” she said.
Marshall acknowledged the 12 academies throughout New South Wales do a magnificent job taking young talented athletes and linking them with athlete coaches who show them a “pathway to success”.