The IAS Golf Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented golfers by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from September through to state team selection trials in April.
The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:
Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW State squads and teams
Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW State Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in Golf competitions nationwide
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 fortnightly skills based sessions and weekly strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.
Mr Luke Grinham, Head Coach
Mr Justin Clarke, Assitant Coach
Miss Tahnia Ravnjak, Assitant Coach
Mr Aaron Keevers, Assitant Coach
Mr Richard Harvey, Manager
Strength & Conditioning
To be eligible for an IAS Golf Scholarship, athletes must:
Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee
Be a playing member of a golf club affiliated with NSWGA through the IDGA
Be of age 13 – 18 during the year of scholarship i.e. born 2003 – 2008
Must have a GA Handicap
Special consideration may be given to athletes outside the eligible age, subject to the approval of the IAS board
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.
Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;
Athletes MUST be a registered golfer of Golf NSW and MUST be a financial member of a local golf club within each respective catchment areas of the IAS
Athletes should meet the handicap entry levels as agreed with JNJG
JNJG may advise participating Academies of athletes who should be exempt of trials and gain automatic entry to a program, pending approval by the IAS
Athletes chosen should have golf as their primary sport played
Demonstrate through past performance and/or potential capacity, the potential to improve performance to a high level
Demonstrate a positive 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
Athlete selection will be performance based.
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.