The Inaugural Regional Academy of Sports Awards were held this past Tuesday at the Wenty Leagues Club. The night was a celebration of several different accolades and achievements from each of the eleven academies across New South Wales. 🏆

Congratulations to the IAS Nominees for the 2023 Regional Academies of Sport Awards:

  • Athlete with a Disability of the Year – Jack Gibson (Triathlon)
  • UAA Indigenous Athlete of the Year – Telaya Blacksmith (Para Sports – Athletics/AFL)
  • Steadfast Coach Leadership Award – Ashlee Scofield (Netball)
  • Steadfast Athlete Leadership Award – Mia Parker (BluescopeWIN Lonestar – Water Polo)
  • Athlete of the Year Award – Keira Buckpitt (BluescopeWIN Lonestar – Surfing)
  • Steadfast Coach Leadership Award- Luke Grinham (Golf Coach)

Two of our IAS talent, Mia Parker and Telaya Blacksmith won awards on the night.

Mia was awarded with the first ever Regional Academies of Sport Steadfast Athlete Leadership Award. She has been a member of the IAS Lonestar Program for 5 years and encompasses the values of what it means to be an IAS athlete. Her commitment to sport is phenomenal and continually goes above and beyond to lead, help and give back to the community.

Telaya was awarded with the inaugural Regional Academies of Sport UAA Indigenous Athlete of the Year Award. She has been part of the IAS Para Sports program over the past few years, excelling in both AFL and Athletics. Telaya is the current Australian record holder for the T20 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump. She is also a member of the Sydney Swans Academy and the Woomeras AFL Academy.

Congratulations to both Mia and Telaya for winning their awards!

Special mention to Sarah Carli for being guest speaker for the night 👍

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