Online Applications

Applications for the 2019 program open on Monday 27th August 2018 and close on Friday 26th October 2018.

Applications are open until Monday 3rd September for Coach Nominations,   Download form at our website.   

On the form use "Mountain Bike" as the sport, it will still apply for Cycling!

NIAS Mountain Biking Program

NIAS 2018 Squad:

Sophia Butler- Tamworth

Alex Day- Tamworth

Luke Deasey- Kootingal

Joshua Jackson- Scone

Isla Maidment- Tamworth

Ethan McDonald- Tamworth

Joel McIntyre- Moore Creek

Conor Noonan- Tamworth

Cody Pollard- Tamworth

Luke Sing- Manilla

Eddie Willis- Tamworth


2018 Program Staff

The 2018 Team Coaches are:

- Alyssa Rogan 

- Steve Mair 

- Martin Siddons 

- Kirsty Maidment, Team Manager 

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male and female athletes aged between 12 and 17 in 2019, reside in Northern Inland region.

Selection Process

The squads will consist of up to 10 to 15 athletes per discipline (Mountain Bike, Track Cycling and Road Cycling)

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period, November 2018- August 2019.

The Cycling program in 2019 will consist of 6 sessions throughout the year. These sessions will include on the bike specific training split into Mountain Bike and Cycling groups, everyone will then come together for off the bike sessions. (Presentations on Nutrition, race prep, strength and conditioning, testing, psychology etc.
Dates for these 6 sessions are TBC.

Program Year:

17th November: Regional training session. Tamworth

10th February: NIAS Induction and Education day

2nd/3rd March: Regional training session

April: Regional training session. Date and venue TBC

June: Regional training session. Date and venue TBC

July: Regional training session. Date and venue TBC

July/August: Academy Awards Night


Each regional training session will have a focus both on and off respective bikes and include an education session tailored to cycling.

Education sessions:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Fitness preparation
  • Nutrition 
  • Racing preparation:  

Mountain Biking:

  • 5th May: Tamworth Mountain Biking 5 hour race. Compulsory for NIAS athletes
  • April, May, June & July: North West New England NIXCS series
  • July: School Nationals MTB on the Gold Coast


Inter academy training weekend camps including fitness testing tailored to cycling. 

Program Outcomes

The skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition in Regional and NSW events. 

Selection Criteria

To be eligible athletes will be required to submit details on previous race performance.  Athletes will also be required to attend the selection day and will be required to undergo a time trial and skills assessment.


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

Skill sessions and camps are held within the Northern Inland region throughout the year (depending on what is most appropriate). The skills program follows a structured approach concentrating on a range of individual skills and development. Fitness sessions focus on the importance of building core strength to improve posture, balance and technique. On February the 10th, athletes are required to attend the GROWTH educational day. This program covers education sessions on goal setting, resilience, opportunities beyond sport, wellness and nutrition, testing and fitness, health and well being.

Regional training sessions for the 2019 program are yet to be finalized.   Please refer to the Events on the webpage.


Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • GROWTH Day- Six educatonal workshops.
  • NIAS clothing pack.
  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions where applicable.
  • 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.
  • Mountain Biking is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field.
  • 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:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)

Training camps: Price TBC

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


Open Date: 27 August 2018
Close Date: 30 December 2018

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.