Want to take the next step in your Hockey career?

The IAS Hockey Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented hockey athletes 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 aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club or school-based training.

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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 AAP
  • 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 nationwide
  • 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
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.

2022/23 Staff

Alex Mackay, Head Coach

Thomas David, Assistant Coach

Ella Gibson, Assistant Coach

Kayleb O’Connor, Assistant Coach

Lucinda Preeo, Assistant Coach

2022/23 Squad

Tessa Body
Toby Boskovski
Mikaela Clarke
Breanna Cresswell
Destiny Ferguson
Harry Hawker
Grace Healey
Brendan Hurt
Kiarah Inskip
Alexandra Jones
Emily Kean
Finlay MacNamara
Ellanora (Ella) Martin
Indiana Martin
Amity Mayo
Alira Mayo
Emily Morrison
Tom Morton
William Neild
Michael O’Connor
Georgie Peoples
Samra Tarrant
Benjamin Thomas
Maya Thompson
MaKye Williams
Heidi Wright
Zara Wright

Scholarship Components

Hockey Academy Games

Skill Development

S&C Testing

Strength & Conditioning


Education Sessions


2023/24 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Hockey Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee local government areas
  • Be a registered member with Hockey NSW through an Association within the Illawarra region
  • Be between turning the age of 16-18 during in 2024 (born in 2006, 2007 or 2008)

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

Indigenous Sports Program


2023/24 Scholarship

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in hockey
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for Hockey NSW state teams within 12 months
  • 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 Hockey Squad.


2023/24 Scholarship

Trial Details

Applications Close: 9am 11 September 2023


14 September 2023, 5pm-7pm, Illawarra Hockey Stadium


2023/24 Scholarship


IAS athletes are required to purchase the IAS squad uniform, they also are required to contribute to additional components of the programs such as camps.