Kiama Mayor Mark Honey officially recognised the Academy Scholarship holders from the Kiama council area at a reception at The Pavilion last Thursday.
Over three decades, the IAS has supported more than 5300 young people from throughout the region.
The mayor congratulated the athletes who were representing their community with distinction and spoke of how great it is at this time to see Academy graduates who once previously sat at a mayoral reception just like them now achieving such great results at the highest levels.
Olympian, IAS graduate and Gerringong resident Grace Stewart sent a message to the athletes via video expressing her gratitude to the Academy and to remind current athletes “to take it all in and keep working hard”.
She added that, “at the time you may not think the education is that important, but it makes a massive difference as you progress through the system if you have been exposed to it at the academy”.
Talented netballer Georgia Deen responded on behalf of all athletes in thanking Cr Honey, the IAS and their staff and explained how the academy has assisted her in pushing herself further in pursuit of higher honours.
“The academy has provided me the opportunity to work with the best coaches and compete against the best girls in the region,” she said.
The academy has a close relationship with all five Illawarra councils – Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee and Wollongong - and the receptions are a demonstration of the links between the IAS and local government in the region.
Over three decades, the IAS has supported more than 5300 young people from throughout the region in their pursuit of sporting excellence.
The IAS supports the following 2017 Sports Program Scholarships: basketball, cricket, cycling, golf, hockey, netball, rugby 7’s, tenpin bowling and Triathlon, and the non-sport specific LoneStar Program and Athletes with a Disability Program.