Mountain Biking

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 16 in 2018, reside in Northern Inland region.

Selection Process

The squad will consist of 10 to 15 athletes.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period, September to April 2018.

Trials Sunday 29th October, 8am to 12 noon.  Tamworth Mountain Bike Park

25-26 November - State MTB race in Armidale - Athletes to go and observe

Training Camp 1: Tamworth, date TBC

Australian Champs: 28th/29th January 

Inverell 6 Hour: Date TBC 

Armidale 12 Hour: Date TBC 

NIXCS rounds: Date TBC 

Tamworth 5 hour race August 2018 TBC. 

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 region throughout April to November. 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. In February 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 2018 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:  $230 GST inclusive.  This levy covers, sports trip, 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: 21 August 2017
Close Date: 3 November 2017

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

Applications currently closed