2023 Athletes
Thanks for your patience; the 2023 squads are now posted below. Information will shortly hit your inbox, so keep an eye out.

Development Girls – U14’s

Grace Evans

Claudia Gibson

Josephine Irvin

Samantha Kerr

Sierra Roddy

Alliena Roddy

Sophie Sullivan

Zoe Winnelll


Development Boys – U14

Xavier Chilko

Savo Ciampa

Max Cullen

Marcus Charles

Billy Irons

Billy Matthews

Braxton McDonald

Charlie Morel

Lado Kuron


Senior Girls – U16’s

Isabella Cullen

Ruby Gee

Bree Gillespie

Mackenzie Hassan

Cleo Hopper

Tori Martin

Sadie Pankhurst

Lauren Treharne

Shamia Williams


Senior Boys – U16’s

Austin Carroll

Jez Lashbrook

Solomon Liu

Lucas Matthews

Zac Robinson

Oliver Salvestrin

Charlie Sutton

Hugo Swan

Tom Wichman

Ted Williams


Graduate Girls – U18’s

Olivia Hopper


Graduate Boys – U18’s

Liam Duncan

Cameron Greenway

Phoenix Grintell

Bradley Hiscock

Remy Martin

Levi Milsom

Alex Minato

Kobe O’Callaghan

Mason Salvestro

Simphiwe Smedley

Jack Sutton

Head Coaches

Adam O’Callaghan

Andrew Cullen


Lesa Matthews

Lisa Maginnity

Lou Testoni

Scott Grintell

Matt Whitfield

Toni Kerr

Southern Sports Academy athletes meet to receive the best and most professional coaching available in the area.

The program will provide coaching, training, and athletic development to improve athletes with a view to:
• Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection
• Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any representation ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways;
• Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events.

In addition to the quality coaching, all scholarship holders in the Academy are also exposed to a range of workshops from our specialist consultants including workshops relating to Sports Psychology, Nutrition, Recovery, Athletic Development as well as receiving Strength and Conditioning training that is specific to their sport with complimentary gym membership.

The Southern Sports Academy understands there is a great deal more to being an outstanding athlete than what happens solely on the sporting court. To this end, the Academy provides professional tuition for its athletes on Personal Development related issues. Topics that are covered include (but are not restricted to) Leadership Skills, Goal Setting, Expectations and Obligations of the Professional Athlete, Responsible Use of Social Media, Time Management and Media Skills.

All this adds up to the Southern Sports Academy leading the way in terms of providing valuable development opportunities for junior athletes in the Southern NSW region.

Selection will be performance-based.

Athletes will be selected using the following selection protocols:
– Athletes must be born between 2007-2010 inclusive (U14’s – U16’s in 2022)
– Registered with their local Basketball club
– Residing or schooling within the SSA catchment area.
– Athletes MUST be a registered member of Basketball NSW and MUST be associated with a BNSW recognised Basketball Association.
– Athletes should be competing in the U14 – U16 age groups in BNSW Leagues, including EJL, NJL, SJL, WJL, CCL or sanctioned events.
– Athletes must be residing or schooling within the SSA catchment area.
– BNSW may advise participating Academies of players who should be exempt from trials and gain automatic entry to a program, pending approval by SSA.
– Athletes may attend tournaments or selection trials for talent id purposes and will be invited to participate in a program

IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits are subject to pending Government Covid Restrictions

• Skills training sessions
• Induction and Leadership camp
• Training sessions will be 6 camp-style sessions, locations TBC. Two sessions per month at the end of Jan, with sessions in Feb, March and concluding in April with the ClubsNSW Academy Games 2023.
• Muscular skeletal Screening and Athletic Development Programming
• Workshops focussing on Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning and Sports Medicine. Workshops relating to
athlete personal development will also be offered during the scholarship period
• Gym membership (dependent on partnerships within your local town)
• Online and face-to-face education relating to athlete personal development
• Annual presentation evening (sit-down dinner)
• Southern Sports Academy uniform

A program levy will be applicable to successful athletes.  Also an athlete uniform ordered though our online clothing supplier Puma is required for new athletes.

Athlete levies are subsidised by minimum $100 worth or raffle ticket sales by athletes.

* Scholarships are not in the form of a monetary sum but enable the athlete to participate in Academy development programs at a greatly reduced rate.

Nominations are now closed. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Southern Sports Academy’s Basketball Program for 2024, please fill out an Expression of Interest form below, and you will be notified once Nominations open.

Basketball Expression of Interest

Program Partner