Future Star

2023 SQUAD

SportFirst NameLast NameLGA
AthleticsRileyHallLiverpool Plains
Clay TargetAngus BarwickTamworth
SwimmingAbbey TrewernTamworth
VolleyballTom SheedyGunnedah

Program Personnel

First NameLast NamePosition
KaitlinDriscollHead Coach
EmmaMozzellAssistant Coach
Caitlin BryceAssistant Coach
MichaelLoySports Trainer
Laura CambridgeUmpires Coach
SarahHorneUmpires Coach
Nicky LavenderManager

Program Information

The new Future Stars program (formerly known as Lonestar) 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, 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 12 & 25 years in 2023 (born in 1996-2009).
  • 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

Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club


  • Intensive coaching from accredited regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • Regional training sessions – technical and tactical skill development.
  • Performance Support including Sport Psychology, Nutrition, Fitness Assessments, Strength & Conditioning and more.
  • Invitations to special events such as 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.
  • 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 and coaching staff 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: ordered from Sportspower Armidale (provide link here) or for NIAS FC from Statewide Sports (provide link here). Costs vary from sport to sport.
    Please contact NIAS for more information.


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