Erica Hayes (Water ski)

For the first time in the Academy’s history we have been forced to cancel our annual presentation evening due to the current restrictions placed on venues due to Covid-19.  The event is designed to bring everyone together to celebrate the year however the Board have had to make the unfortunate decision not to host the event in 2020.

This year has been trying; however, the academy could not be prouder of the dedication of our athletes to the new challenges, opportunities and application that remote sports programming brings, both physically and mentally. We also feel very lucky that we have been able to adapt to the new environment compared to the sacrifices other organisations have had to make. 2020’s challenges will make our athletes and our organisation stronger and more resilient into the future.

Traditionally the evening celebrates the graduation of our athletes from the 2019/2020 programs, recognises outstanding achievements throughout the year, and announces the 2021 Individual Athlete, and Athlete with Disabilities Programs Scholarship winners.

The Individual Athlete (IAP) and Athlete with a Disability (AWD) scholarship programs are designed to assist those athletes from our region who are deserving of support for their outstanding achievements, however, are not always able to access such support. With the continued support of our corporate partners Sureway Employment & Training, and The Office of Sport, each athlete receives a cash contribution to assist them in meeting costs associated with accessing higher levels of competition, coaching or sporting gear that they may require, as well receiving the full range of Academy apparel and related partnership benefits, including full muscular skeletal screening (Active Physiotherapy), gym memberships in their home town and the Your Local Clubs Athlete Education Program delivery.

SSA  are proud to announce the 2021 scholarship winners:

Athlete with a Disability (AWD)

Indiana Cooper (Athletics/Cross Country) – Gundagai 

  • State Gold and Silver medallist
  • National Silver and Bronze medallist
  • 2021 Goal: National All Schools team/ qualify for Commonwealth Games in 2022

Josh Hanlon (Para Alpine Skiing) – Wagga Wagga

  • New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) 1st year competing
  • Snow Australia – 1st year competing
  • 2021 Goal: Compete/race at the Para Alpine World Cup events.


Individual Athlete (IAP)  

 Kipchumba Langat (Athletics) – Wagga Wagga

  • National Triple Jump Champion
  • 2021 Goal: Oceania Champion, win National Title, compete in opens events.

 Grace Krause (Athletics) – Temora

  • School Sport Australia (Qualified in 3 events) 12 Girls 100m, Snr Girls 200m, Snr Girls Long Jump
  • Fastest Girls 100m time at NSW PSSA 2019
  • Most Successful Riverina Athlete at NSW PSSA 2019
  • 2020 Goal: Australian All Schools medallist

Callan Ashcroft (Water Ski) – Wagga Wagga

  • Competed at Junior Moomba Masters 2019 & 2020
  • Australian Junior Masters Overall Champion
  • Australian Junior Team Member
  • 2021 Goal: Successful Junior World Championships in Florida

 Erica Hayes (Water ski) – Deniliquin 

  • Australian Champion – 2017 – Trick and Overall, 2nd in Slalom, 2018 – U/10 Girls Slalom, Trick and Overall, 2019 – U/12 Girls Trick, and Overall 2nd in Girls Slalom and Jump.
  • Currently ranked in the top 10 in the World U/14 Girls for all three disciplines.
  • 2021-22 Goals: Named on the 2022 Junior Worlds Squad and would like to continue improving and gain selection on the team.