BluescopeWIN LoneStar

BluescopeWIN LoneStar

Want to take the next step in your sporting career?

The IAS BluescopeWIN LoneStar Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented athletes by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs.
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. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September.

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The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any State or National Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in their chosen sport
  • 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 strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.

2020/21 Squad

Riley Anthes – Swimming

Malia Barrele – Tennis & Beach Volleyball

Parri Barrele – Tennis & Beach Volleyball

Joshua Benefiel – Athletics & Cross Country

Mischa Boniface – Surf Life Saving

Adax Brienen – Volleyball & Beach Volleyball

Kaia Brienen – Volleyball & Beach Volleyball

Tayissa Buchanan – Athletics & Cross Country

Keira Buckpitt – Surfing

Celeste Carolan – Athletics & Cross Country

Samuel Christian – Water Polo

Grace Crittenden – Surf Life Saving

Kirra Dale – Lifesaving

Kate Drinkwalter – Football

Oliver Driscoll – AFL

Lois Fleming – Showjumping Equestrian

Ben Giason – Football

Helena Halios-Lewis – Football

Chelsea Jones – Swimming & Surf Life Saving

Jordyn Martin – Athletics & Cross Country

Zali Miklas – Snowboarding

Ivy Miller – Surf Life Saving

Elias Oldfield – AFL & Athletics

Riley Page – Mountain Biking (Enduro Discipine)

Mia Parker – Water Polo

Stephen Pearson – Baseball

Lili Rosandic – Football

Jacob Roulstone – Motorcycle Racing

Tahlia Sharrock – Football & Futsal

Miller Siasat – Surf Life Saving & Athletics

Mireille Smith – Volleyball

Alexandria Smith – Volleyball

Mali Towers – Volleyball & Beach Volleyball

Jake Treyvaud – Wrestling MMA

Felicity Turner – Skateboarding

Erin Willetts – Football

Daniel Woolley – Skateboarding

Kieran Woolley – Skateboarding

Scholarship Components

Lonestar athletes

Skill Development

S&C testing

Strength & Conditioning

Media skills education

Education Sessions


2020/21 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region made up of the Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee or Wollongong local government areas
  • Be a registered member with the State Sporting Organisation (SSO) through an Association within the Illawarra region
  • Be affiliated with the SSO for the nominated sport
  • Be of age 13 – 17 during the scholarship period
  • 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.

Indigenous Sports Program


2020/21 LoneStar Program

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in their chosen sport
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for NSW/National representation 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 LoneStar Squad.


2020/21 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 squad uniform.

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