The Illawarra Academy of Sport is excited to announce the continued partnership with one of Australia’s premium higher education institutions, the University of Wollongong.

The Illawarra Academy of Sport remains committed to the academic development of the region’s next generation of talented young sports citizens with the signing of a formal collaboration agreement with the University of Wollongong to further develop and enhance the athlete education curriculum provided to IAS scholarship athletes. The University of Wollongong has a strong synergy with the Academy, as athlete education is the cornerstone for sporting performance and is a core component of the athlete scholarship.

IAS General Manager Mr. Shannon Fraser expressed his delight with the renewal of their partnership saying “We are absolutely thrilled to continue our partnership with the University of Wollongong as their alignment with academic development and personal growth is perfect. In the same way the IAS is devoted to the development of local talented athletes UOW is also committed to continuing to grow and foster relationships with industry leading brands within the community”.

Fraser added, “that the support from institutions like the University of Wollongong has been the lifeblood in helping young athletes realise their dreams on the national and world stage.  This financial support provides some respite for athletes’ families, who otherwise face significant costs as their budding champions continue on their sporting journey”.

University of Wollongong Community Engagement Manager, Dr. Melissa Thompson said the collaboration built on a long standing relationship between UOW and IAS that dates back to the IAS’s launch in 1985.

“The University of Wollongong has built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. UOW takes pride in preparing our students to be career ready and the alignment with the IAS is a perfect fit. We’re excited to continue supporting the Academy because it offers not only sports training but provides programs to prepare young people for life’s challenges while developing stronger community minded citizens”.

Dr Thompson added that “supporting the Illawarra’s elite athletes demonstrates UOW’s commitment to our communities”.

The University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences is working with the Illawarra Academy of Sport to develop an eLearning platform for the delivery of the Academy’s education curriculum. This will allow the IAS to deliver a more comprehensive education curriculum while providing another learning experience to prepare athletes for tertiary education options.


For more information, please contact Shannon Fraser on 4225 3899

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