Indigenous Sports Program

Indigenous Sports Program

The MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP) provides increased and specific sporting opportunities for indigenous athletes within the IAS catchment of Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee, Shellharbour, Kiama and Wollongong.

The program will provide talented athletes from within the IAS programs to increased level of support to enable their sporting progress. Athletes will have access to leading Aboriginal sports people from the district to assist, support and inspire them in their development. Additional support surrounding one’s culture, support mechanisms between fellow indigenous athletes, access to training opportunities and guidance on how best to progress through the sporting pathways are just some of the services offered to athletes.

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 across the greater Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Wingecarribee region.

The IAS will be hosting our first Indigenous Talent ID day on Thursday 28 July 2022.

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Indigenous Sports Program

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The MCR Indigenous Sports Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented athletes by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs with some additional support for indigenous athletes.

Athletes will need to meet the selection criteria attached to each of the programs listed (see selection criteria in each sport) and, when applying and identify themselves as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the application process.

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Indigenous Sports Program

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for the Indigenous Sports Program, athletes must satisfy the following eligibility criteria;

  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Reside within the Illawarra Region made up of the Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee or Wollongong local government areas
  • Be selected in a sport specific program or the Lonestar program. See here for all sport programs on offer.

NB: Nominations must be made through the relevant sport the athlete is applying for (AFL Girls, Basketball, Cycling, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Swimming, Triathlon) or via the Lonestar or AWD program.
The BluescopeWIN LoneStar Program is for athletes who compete in the various sports, individual or team, that the IAS currently do not provide specific program for or for athlete who fall outside the sports specific eligibility.

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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.

Athlete attached to the MCR Indigenous Sports Program may have access to resources to assist in meeting the some of these costs.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS uniform.

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