2020 Big Year for our local Sports Academy in more ways than one
Written on the 16 March 2020 by SWSAS
The Australian Hockeyroos have earned a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Securing their 11th consecutive Olympic Games appearance, following a 2-0 series win over Russia late last year.
And, past Academy athlete Emily Chalker (nee Smith) will be at the forefront of Hockeyroos selection in coming months, with the opportunity to become a triple Olympian, at only 28 years of age. With a record of over 240 games and 80+ goals for Australia to her credit, her credentials speak for themselves.
The Academy also has high hopes of being represented in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, with Wheelchair Basketballer Jess Cronje carrying the expectations and best wishes of SWSAS.
It's day-to-day business, is supporting the youth of our region in the development of their sport and community citizen skills, say's it's CEO Gerry Knights.
The Academy currently services 207 athletes, a near 50% - 50% split between girls and boys. With the majority between 13 to 18 years of age, across 10 sports.
Since it's inception in 1997, our local Academy has supported the development of 21 Olympians and 2 Paralympians, with more hopefully on the way in 2020.
For information on the Academy go to www.swsas.org.au or call 46 277 622.