The IAS Cycling Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented cyclists by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September.The aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club training.
The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:
Develop the skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into national teams/squads and the NSWIS program as scholarship holders
Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to the NSWIS (NSW Institute of Sport) squad is ‘seamless’
Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events
Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected
Mick Marshall, Head Coach Chloe Heffernan, Assistant Coach Joel Walsh, Assistant Coach Lynne Vaughan, Assistant Coach Gavin Cliff, Manager
Strength & Conditioning
To be eligible for an IAS Cycling Scholarship, athletes must:
Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee
Be a registered member of a cycling club affiliated with NSW Cycling
Between the ages of 14 to 18 at the beginning of the scholarship i.e. 14-18 years old in October 2020;
Special consideration may be given to cyclists outside the eligible age or who reside outside the SCG, subject to the approval of the IAS Board.
2020/21 AFL Girls
Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;
Demonstrate through past performance and/or potential, the ability to reach or exceed a top 5 place at NSW Championships within 12 months
Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in cycling
Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence
NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Cycling Squad.
Selections completed for 2020/21. Next intake will be commencing October 2021.
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 Cycling squad uniform.