About the IAS

About the IAS

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It Starts Here

The Illawarra has a rich history in developing and elevating athletes to higher representative honours.

The IAS has produced 15 Olympians, 20 Commonwealth Games Representatives, 11 World Champions and 75 Senior National Team Representatives over the past three decades.

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As the pioneer for the regional Academy model in Australian sport, the Illawarra Academy of Sport is a not-for-profit sporting organisation that exists to provide localised training and education opportunities for talented young athletes, coaches and administrators across the Illawarra region.

Each year the IAS provides developmental support to over

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5 Council Regions

The IAS operates through the Illawarra’s geographic region comprising the five local government areas of; Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee. The region has a population of over 410,000 residents and covers an area of around 8,485 square kilometres.

The Illawarra Academy of Sport, with the support of our many partners, provide athletes with the programs to develop, excel and achieve through sport while maintaining strong community ties —this in turn produces young ambassadors for the Illawarra community, the Illawarra Academy of Sport and their valued partners.

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11 Sport Programs

The Academy currently provides athlete development programs across nine sports disciplines including Girls AFL, Basketball, Cycling, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Union, Swimming and Triathlon as well as the LoneStar Individual Athlete Program and an Athlete with a Disability program.

These programs provide not only on-field technical skill acquisition and physical development, including Musculoskeletal Screenings and individualised movement competency programming, but focus also on the personal and professional maturity of the athlete through an education curriculum including Sports Nutrition, Performance Psychology, Financial Fitness, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport, Public Speaking and Media Awareness. This unique approach to athlete development assists in positively and significantly influencing the next generation of athletes and in the process creates better sporting citizens within our community.

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The Illawarra Academy of Sport relies heavily on the generous support of the community through government and local council funding, fundraising initiatives, corporate partnerships and mutually beneficial commercial sponsorship arrangements.

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