2018 boys NIAS Basketball Program:

Archie Cudmore

Blair Kedzlie

Bailey Keech

Jake Larkham

Jack Murdoch

Aiden R de Luzuriaga

Nathan Summers

Nathaniel Thrift

Connor Watt



Hayley Beck

Anika Earsman

Zali Humble

Josie Humble

Arianna Klein

Samantha McCubbin

Marley Pitt

Bianca Watson

Olivia Whittemore

Shanti Kennedy



Coaching Staff

Program Co-ordinator/Mentor Coach - Greg O'Toole
Women's Head Coach - Matt Hobson
Womens Assistant Coach - Open
Men's Head Coach -  Jono Willis
Men's Assistant Coach - Open
Manager - Open

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: 16 February 2018

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

Applications currently closed