Future Star

2023|24 SQUAD

SportFirst NameLast NameLGA
Athletics- Cross CountryImogenBiddleGlen Innes Severn
Rugby UnionRubyClaytonNarrabri
EquestrianAlena DuncanTamworth Regional
EquestrianZaliDuncanTamworth Regional
Sport Climbing: BoulderingArchieEatherTamworth Regional
BoulderingFredEatherTamworth Regional
Climbing /BoulderingCooperGaleTamworth Regional
Rugby UnionLilyGrieveGlen Innes Severn
Endurance Motocross racingFynnHollandTamworth Regional
Athletics/SwimmingRoryHusbandGlen Innes Severn
SwimmingIndiannaKingTamworth Regional
EquestrianGrantLeachTamworth Regional
FootballAlexanderLittleTamworth Regional
FootballMalusiMacikamaTamworth Regional
BoxingRohanMartinTamworth Regional
Go-KartingAngusMaxworthyTamworth Regional
SwimmingEmmaMcIntyreGlen Innes Severn
Para AthleticsAbbiePeetTamworth Regional
BasketballLockeyRalstonTamworth Regional
BasketballBayleyRasltonTamworth Regional
SwimmingAlexanderScanlon-DawsonTamworth Regional
Rimfire Benchrest ShootingPaytenWardGlen Innes Severn

Program Information

The new Future Stars program is for aspiring individual athletes from any sport (whether offered as a NIAS sport or not).

This is a multi-sport athlete development program aimed at growing the athletes overall abilities and education. An individual focus on all areas of Performance Support eg. sports psychology, RuralFit strength & conditioning, nutrition, strength and conditioning are key components of the program. The aim is to provide professional support to complement the athlete’s “home coach” or representative commitments. The program will not train the athlete in his/her discipline specifically but rather provide holistic athlete wellness and sports science support to assist their everyday skill training.

Eligibility & Selection

Athletes must be representing and achieving in their chosen sport at a required pre-elite level (regional / state / national representation). Endorsement will be sought from the respective Regional, State or National Sporting Organisation.

  • Athletes must be aged between 14 & 18 years in 2024 (born in 2006-2010).
  • Athletes must reside in or attend school within the Northern Inland catchment area.
  • Athletes must demonstrate a desire to improve and progress in their chosen sport’s elite athlete pathway.

Athletes will be offered a place in the NIAS Future Stars Program (formerly known as Lonestar) based on performance at selection trials and through talent identification processes, including attitude and commitment to their chosen sport.

Program Partners


  • Access to RuralFit Training Hubs across the region – Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Armidale & Glen Innes. 
  • Performance Support including Sport Psychology, Nutrition, Fitness Assessments, Strength & Conditioning and more.
  • Complimentary invitation to the annual Academy Awards.
  • Travel assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps – on request.
  • Opportunities to participate in higher level competitions and challenges.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field.
  • Attend RuralFit Training Hubs. 
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any feedback.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive opportunities.
  • Behave and dress in an appropriate manner when representing NIAS and its sponsors.
    Wear NIAS apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Be available to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS Athlete Code of Conduct and policies including anti-doping policy.
  • Maintain regular communication with NIAS as required.

$220 includes: training sessions, coaching and performance support activities, and invitations to special events such as the annual Academy Awards Night.
NIAS is an approved organisation for NSW Government Active Kids Vouchers.

  • Academy Challenges, Academy Games and any specific Sports Tours are additional to the Athlete Levy. Costs differ from sport to sport.
  • Athlete Uniform. Uniform requirements differ from sport to sport. 

Past Squad Archive

Caitlin Croft – Equestrian
Pippa Cullen – Equestrian
Zali Duncan – Equestrian 
Robin Henry – Equestrian 
Ella Hunt – Equestrian | Polocrosse
Sophie Parsons – Cricket
Piper Swalwell – Gymnastics

Angus Barwick – Clay Target Shooting
Imogen Biddle – Athletics
Sienna Carol – Boxing
Alena Duncan – Equestrian
Zali Duncan – Equestrian
Benjamin Goodwin – Athletics
Chelsea Kiehne – Volleyball
Rohan Martin – Boxing
Angus Maxworthy – GoCarting
Alexander Scanlon-Dawson – Swimming
Tom Sheedy – Volleyball
Lennon Simmonds – Athletics
Tajudeen Tijani – Athletics
Abbey Trewern – Swimming
Kiara Vlahopoulos – Athletics


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