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From the CEO's desk

Sport is Back

The announcement by the NSW Acting Minister for Sport, bright and early Wednesday morning was a blessing to the ears for all associated with local and professional sporting organisations, and Regional Academies across NSW.

We recognise that there will be a myriad of various challenges facing all involved with running sport, but I am sure they will be overcome with patience. It may take this and next year to get back to some form of normality. And to bed in the positive changes that will come about from the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But I am certain sport will be in a better place overall in the future, due to the challenges and experiences learnt over past months.

Your local Academy is no exception, it has revamped its off-field service provision and positively changed its future service deliver model.

Much of this initial development work has been undertaken by our incoming sports coordinator Daniel Currinckx, combined with the practical experience input of our amazing Netball head coach Van Nguyen.

These changes will hopefully seem effortless, and the athlete and coach development outcomes outstanding.

To conclude, thank you to our Academy 'naming rights' partner the Campbelltown Catholic Club and our Platinum Partner SOUTH32, plus our local Councils and all of our corporate partners, who have continued to support us during - and hopefully after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gerry Knights

Upcoming Events

Self-Care 4 Self-Repair (Video Series)

When: Friday the 12th and 19th June.

Where: Online via SWSAS website and socials (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube)

Delivered by Massage and Acupuncture Works

Return To Sport

When: July 1st

Keep up to date with the latest information on SWSAS Sports Programs at:


Changes to Calendar for 2020

SWSAS Graduation Dinner 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this event has unfortunatly been cancelled for 2020.

Gallery - SWSAS Sports Awards Dinner 2019 HERE

SWSAS Annual Golf Day 2020

When: TBA later this year, keep an eye on socials!

Where: Campbelltown Golf Club, 1 Golf Course Dr, Glen Alpine NSW 2560

Latest News

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NSW Regional Academies of Sport make Innovative Headway during COVID-19

For over three decades the Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) have enjoyed a strong partnership with the NSW Government through the Office of Sport which has allowed the RAS network to help foster the development of young regional talent across NSW.  This long-lasting relationship was highlighted in the last Olympic cycle (Rio de Janeiro and Pyeongchang), where the Regional Academy system produced 34 athletes that represented Australia, winning an unbelievable 41% of Australia's medal tally.

At present the Regional Academy collective, made up of nine independent organisations and two government managed operations, support over 2,500 young athletes and 350 plus coaches and support staff members, across 30 varied sporting codes.


Academy making the right moves in search of silver lining

The absence of structure and organized events within the sporting world has been a significant challenge for participants and administrators across the board.

Covid-19 has led our whole society into new territory but, as is, often the case; opportunity is born in adversity.

South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) is one sports organisation that has worked hard to find a silver lining during this challenging period.

And two brand new initiatives are proof that such an approach can pay dividends. In the first of these, SWSAS has partnered with Elite-Travel to introduce a Citizen of the Year award.

"This initiative will acknowledge several of our community's unsung heroes as nominees,'' says academy chief executive Gerry Knights.



A message from Team SWSAS

As our community and country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, the South West Sydney Academy of Sport has also been responding to the situation and reviewing its operations accordingly.

We are committed to implementing the appropriate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ultimately protect the most vulnerable members of our community and to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, stakeholders, service users and the broader community.


Young athletes can't perform but their learning is on track

The South West Sydney Academy of Sport is not letting the grass grow under its feet during the coronavirus hiatus.

While it is unable to provide athletes technical and educational service content face to face, it is turning to cyber space to ensure their development continues.

Several online platforms, including webinars, have been created to deliver educational material to the young athletes across 10 topics, from nutrition to sports psychology.

Webinars across the 10 topics have been developed over the past three years through the support of one of the academy's major community partners, ClubsNSW.

And the timing of this development has been perfect, recognising current self-isolation requirements.

One athlete who appreciates the remote learning offered via the webinars is rising golf star Adam Derbas (pictured).

Adam, who recently reduced his handicap to two, hooked into the sport psychology webinar and has nothing but praise for the program.

"Putting my air pods in and listening to music I hate, whilst practising my chipping sounds like a great challenge,'' he says.


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Join our partners at Western Sydney University online for their Mid-Year Info Day on Saturday 13 June, from 10am-2pm. Mid-Year Info Day is your chance to virtually experience everything that's on offer at Western. From courses to clubs, facilities to fun, drop in to explore their digital campus. There will also be a dedicated parents area where you can ask questions and learn more about your child's unlimited future at Western.

Register HERE for the event.

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