HOW HAS NIAS PLAYED A PART IN YOUR SPORTING JOURNEY? NIAS is a fantastic organisation and stepping stone for regional athletes wanting to perform at a high level. During my […]


“Being an athlete is a job that you never take a day off from. It’s 24/7 365. You have to love what you do and work hard everyday to make small improvements which in the end, make big improvements.”

NIAS Alumni profile – Julia Boland (Golf)

“Becoming a NIAS athlete played a key role in becoming a professional athlete. This was a really significant step that starting the ball rolling into state, national and international events.”

NIAS Alumn profile – Charlotte Raleigh (Netball)

“My journey started as a rural kid from North Star playing Saturday netball and swimming in our backyard pool. I’ve since had the great privilege of playing for the QBE Swifts Academy at the Australian National Championships.”

NIAS Alumn profile – Paula Murphy (sotfball)

“My first memories of NIAS are of my selection to represent all athletes at the official launch of the Northern Inland Academy of Sport in Armidale, 1992. I was 15 years old and was trailing for NSW Softball selections.”

NIAS Alumni profile – Emma Clifton (hockey)

“NIAS was a natural progression for rural athletes looking to represent at the next level. During my time with NIAS, I was lucky to play with athletes who went on to represent the Hockeyroo’s at the Olympics.”