Athletes with a Disability

Athletes with a Disability

Want to take the next step in your sporting career?

The IAS is committed to providing equal opportunity for athletes with a disability to achieve sporting excellence through the facilitation of appropriate sports development programs that support and enhance the athlete’s potential and sporting opportunities. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding September.

The IAS Athlete with a Disability (AWD) Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions talented athletes with Disabilities by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs.

Register your interest for 2022/23

The AWD Program will provide athletes with an opportunity to engage high quality sports coaching, life skills and sports education curriculum, physical development programs as well as the opportunity to attend and participate in all Illawarra Academy of Sport functions. The program is open to individual and team athletes and their coaches.

2021-22 Staff

Kurt Freeme, Head Coach

2021-22 Squad

Telaya Blacksmith

Charlize Colwell

Jarred Dyer

Tarren Dyer

Jack Gibson

Kynan Miller

Patrick Mitchell

Kelly Ryan

Chloe Williamson

Scholarship Components


Skill Development


Strength & Conditioning

Media Skills

Education Sessions


2021/22 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To e eligible for an IAS AWD Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside in one of the five local councils within the IAS catchment area. These include Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee
  • Considered disabled due to intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive (including both congenital and acquired impairments), neurological, sensory or physical impairment, or combination of impairments
  • Be aged between 13 – 18 years of age during the scholarship period (born 2004-2009). Special consideration may be given to intellectually impaired athletes outside the eligible age up to 25yrs of age, subject to the approval of the IAS board.
  • Be a registered member with a State Sporting Organisation (SSO) through an Association within the IAS Catchment area or The Disability Trust
  • Be competing at a state or national level or have been identified by state or national organisations as a future representative athlete
Indigenous Sports Program

Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to participate in the MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP). The ISP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.


2021/22 AWD

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Affiliation to a sporting association associated with chosen sport
  • Evidence of classification or ability/capacity to gain/ seek a confirmation of disability whether it is physical or intellectual
  • Capacity to represent at State and National level within 12 months
  • Display an ability to apply coaching and technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance


2021/22 Scholarship


Applications Closed for 2021/22 scholarships


2021/22 Scholarship


The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS squad uniform.

2021-22 Coach

Expression of Interest