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.

2021-22 Staff

Alex Mackay, Head Coach

Thomas David, Assistant Coach

Ella Gibson, Assistant Coach

Kayleb O’Connor, Assistant Coach

Lucinda Preeo, Assistant Coach

2021-22 Squad

Tim Arthur

Jessica Avnell

Abby Bailey

Lyndon Coward

Lucy Cox

Destiny Ferguson

Paris Hales

Sophia Hamblin

Harry Hawker

Grace Healey

Grace Howard

Brendan Hurt

Kiarah Inskip

Alexandra Jones

Finlay MacNamara

Amity Mayo

Connor Miller

Ben Morrison

Georgie Morton

William Neild

Perri North

Ellanora O’Connor

Rory Petersen

Emily Rodger

Zali Schofield

Sienna Soster

Benjamin Thomas

Mia Vorster

MaKye Williams

Heidi Wright

Zara Wright

*Additional athletes may be added following an on-field trial.

Scholarship Components

Hockey Academy Games

Skill Development

S&C Testing

Strength & Conditioning


Education Sessions


2022/23 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, 17 or 18 during in 2022 (born in 2005-2007)

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.

Indigenous Sports Program


2022/23 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.


2022/23 Scholarship

Trial Details

Applications Close: 2 September 2022

Trial: 5 September 2022, 5-6:30pm, University of Wollongong 


2022/23 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 Hockey squad uniform.