Now that the very successful Paralympics are over, the Illawarra Academy of Sport is looking for young potential Paralympians to nominate for the Academy,s Athletes with a Disability Squad.
Academy graduate Siobhan Paton won six gold medals at the Paralympics and last night was named Paralympian of the year. Siobhan was a member of the inaugural Illawarra Academy of Sport Athletes with a disability squad and remained an Academy athlete until she moved to Canberra. According to Academy Executive Director, Cheryl Battaerd, Siobhan is living proof that if you have the corage and commitment to achieve then with support, the hurdles can be overcome and you can reach your dream.
As the pool of talented differently able athletes increases in the region it is important that opportunities are provided for them to reach their full sporting potential. The two main goals of the Illawarra Academy of Soort program are to provide junior talented athletes with a disability the opportunity to access elite level services to achieve excellence in sport and assist in the holistic development of the athlete as afforded able-bodied athletes. The Academy program also provides role models for other junior athletes with a disability to continue their participation in sport and recognise that they too can aim to achieve excellence in sport. Reports Battaerd.
To be eligible for a scholarship, an athlete must be a resident of the Illawarra region, be affiliated with a sporting association during the Academy scholarship year and be identified or competing at state level in sport. The general age requirements for scholarship holders is between 14-18 years but allowances may be made for athletes up to 20 years in certain circumstances.
Nominations for scholarships must be received before 8th December 2000.
For nomination forms please phone the Academy on 0242835611.
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