The Central Coast Academy of Sport’s annual Indigenous Talent ID Day turned out to be another great day for the eight (80+) students who attended and enjoyed the games and festivities. While the weather was causing severe problems across the coast the only issue at Scholastic Sports Stadium was fitting six sports into the two-hall area.
The recent success by Olivia Miles the 2018 CCAS Greater Bank Netball Encouragement Award winner can be traced back to her ‘identification’ through the very program offered at Scholastic Sports Stadium by the CCAS. Olivia was identified in 2017 and then added to the 2018 Greater Bank Netball Program, it was here where Olivia performed to an outstanding level to win one of two top awards in the 2018 Netball Program.
The concept of an ITID Day was developed in partnership between the Central Coast Academy of Sport and Underwriting Agencies Australia (UAA) with a focus to ‘unearth’ local indigenous talent from the Central Coast region and to then be able to provide full scholarships to CCAS Sports Programs. An interim program was introduced in 2017 where Mark Tipple the CCAS Program Manager actively took part to allow the identified athletes to participate in an eight-week tabloid training program, this too had outstanding results.
Over eight (80) students got the opportunity to come under the watchful eyes of some of the regions most experienced sports coaches. Six sporting disciplines were again in action including; AFL, Basketball, Netball, Golf, Touch Football and Test & Measurements (University of Newcastle Sports Science). The end goal is the Academy now has the capacity to provide full sporting scholarships to twenty (20) athletes who participated on the day across the Academies fourteen scholarship programs.
Michael Murphy the CEO of UAA said of the TID Day: “UAA does much of our work in regional centers throughout NSW and we are delighted to partner with the Central Coast Academy of Sport to provide this unique opportunity locally. I understand this program is un-matched across NSW so we are delighted to be supporting something very unique to the Central Coast. UAA has watched closely for a number of years and the growth and acceptance of this program is really impressive, my very sincere thanks to the coaches who support our mutual endeavours. We are delighted with how the event is run and the extension into the CCAS Tabloid Program or the full CCAS Sports Program is just fantastic”.
Emily Burgess-Moore the CCAS Events Manager said of the program: “the day was quite remarkable, the level of coaches we had on hand to coordinate the day made this event possible. I can’t thank our coaches enough, they readily volunteer their support and when our office reached out to them for assistance, we were overwhelmed by their willingness to get involved and to make the day the success it was. The Academy really have done something very special in partnership with UAA, so hats off to UAA to provide the financial support to make this day and the scholarships that follow a reality for our region and the athletes who took part”.