Creating Future Sporting Champions in the Lead up to Brisbane 2032
Written on the 16 March 2021 by SWSAS
IMAGE: The Transition from Academy Athlete to Hockeyroo Captain. Emily Chalker has captained Australia at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was a graduate of the South West Sydney Academy of Sport Hockey program.
The NSW Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) welcomed the recent news that the IOC will start a targeted dialogue with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the AOC in relation to Australia hosting the Olympic Games for a third time.
Highlighting the success of this well-regarded pre-elite athlete production line was the last Olympic Cycle, which included Rio de Janeiro and Pyeongchang, where a total of 34 athletes who represented Australia had been graduates of the NSW Regional Academy Program.
Further confirming the need to invest in early holistic athlete development program was the fact that these 34 athletes went on to secure 41% of Australia's total medal haul at the RIO event.
To put it bluntly, RAS can deliver high performance development programs at a fraction of the cost that each individual sporting organisation can, while at the same time providing the content specialists and what is regarded as best practice defeating the tyranny of distance for regional families. If the RAS network didn't exist athletes could be lost in the system."
In NSW, from a political standpoint, sport sits in what is known as a Stronger Communities Government Cluster, where Youth Development, Communities and Justice and Multiculturalism also belong.
"Our Regional Youth development programs are worth so much more than Sport," Robilliard continued, "We know that we are creating job ready, mentally resilient people. We have
Brett O'Farrell, CEO of the Hunter Academy of Sport and Games Host said. "The event delivers over 7000 bed stays and millions of dollars in economic return to the region each year making it a boost in tourism for Regional NSW as well as a vital experience for athletes in the sporting pathway."