NIAS Basketball program


Hayley Beck - Tamworth

Anika Earsman- Tamworth

Georgia Griffiths - Tamworth

Sienna Kennedy - Tamworth

Shanti Kennedy - Tamworth

Samantha McCubbin - Tamworth

Ruby Murphy - Tamworth

Bianca Watson- Tamworth

Grace Whale- Tamworth

Olivia Whittemore Tamworth


Ryan Bath -Tamworth

Zac Campbell - Armidale

Nathan Clark - Quirindi

Cameron Holton - Tamworth

Pop Maluach - Armidale

Rowan Meyers - Tamworth

William Meyers -Tamworth

Benjamin Pearce - Tamworth

Lachlan Salvador - Tamworth

Tom Sheppard - Tamworth

Connor Watt - Tamworth


Coaching Staff

 Greg O'Toole

Program Co-ordinator/Mentor Coach

Tammy McMahon

Team Manager


Matt Hobson

Women's Head Coach

Troy Jefferies

Womens Assistant Coach


Jono Willis 

Men's Head Coach

Pippa McMahon

Men's Assistant Coach

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Athletes should be aged 14 or 15 in 2018 and be residing in Northern Inland region.

Selection Process

Trials will be taking place in November 2017 TBC 

The squad will consist of 20 athletes, 10 male and 10 female.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period November 2017 to May 2018

Program Outcomes

The skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition nationally and internationally.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent Identification processes.

  1. T- Technique
  2. I- Intelligence (Basketball).
  3. P- Physical Attributes
  4. S- Skill
  5. Endurance- 20m shuttle run


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Program content

Program year will consist of the following: 

- 3 weekend training camps (over 25 hours of coaching time)


- Sydney tour weekend - (specialist coaching games at Newington College)

- ClubsNSW Academy Games

- Annual Academy Awards

Regional training session dates are yet to be finalized.   Please refer to the Events on the webpage.



Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality and experienced basketball athletes
  • Lifeskills GROWTH workshop including lunch for athlete.
  • Sydney tour - high level guest coaches and access to professional sporting environment
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

Attend all program activities.

  • Basketball is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both in and out of the arena.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS Anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $180 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $180 GST inclusive
Academy Games 
$250.00 GST inclusive
Basketball Clothing Pack:  $250 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.


Open Date: 28 August 2017
Close Date: 6 October 2017

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Athlete Information

Height (cm)*
Weight (kg)*

Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Fathers Name*
Fathers Phone Number*
Mothers Name*
Mothers Phone Number*
Parent Email*
Council LGA*

Medical Details

Medicare No*
Family Doctor
Family Doctor Ph Number
Do you have any injuries*
Permission to Call Ambulance*
Emergency Contact*
Emergency Mobile No*
Do you suffer from any known allergies?*
Member of Private health Fund
Fund Name
Fund Member Number
Medical Operations/Conditions*
Ambulance Cover with Private Health

Sport Information

Lonestar Sport (if applicable)
Golf H'cap (if applicable)
Current Club/Association*
Coach Name
Coach Mobile
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Additional Information
How long have you played/competed*
Preferred Position*
What are your goals with your sport*
Who is your favourite Athlete?*
Greatest Influence on your Sports career*


Athlete declaration*
I am applying for a position into the Northern Inland Academy of Sport Talent Development Program. If selected, I agree to fulfill all obligations to the Academy Program.
Parent Declaration*
I have read and understand the information provided for this program and give my child/ward permission to apply for a position in the NIAS Program.