2022 Staff
Adam O’Callaghan – Head Coach
Andrew Cullen – Head Coach
Peter Bauerle – Coach
Toni Kerr  – Coach
Matt Whitfield – Coach
Scott Grintell – Coach
Lesa Matthews – Coach
David Blakemore – Coach
Lisa Maginnity – Coach
Brodey Fruean – Coach


2022 Athletes

Girls U14’s
Leah Blakemore
Poppy Fruean
Ruby Gee
Charlie Gibson
Bree Gillespie
Lucy Hocking
Cleo Hopper
Skye Hutchison
Josephine Irvin
Samantha Kerr
Indiana Milsom
Phoebe Rowston
Ellie Wright

U14 Boys
Hobie Baker
Xavier Chilko
Jed DeMamiel
Billy Hall
Jez Lashbrook
Solomon Liu
Billy Matthews
Darcy Mimmo
Edward Ockenden
Oliver Salvestrin
Hunter Smith
Jack Taylor
Tom Wells
Billy Whitfield

U16 Girls
Isabella Cullen
Makaia Gemmell
Mackenzie Hassan
Hattie Hogg
Claudia Hocking
Audrey Hogg
Amelia Irvin
Tori Martin
Chelsea Maginnity
Georgia McCormack
Hannah McDonald
Sadie Pankhurst
Lauren Treharne

U16 Boys
Jake Bauerle
Mason Bowler
Kieran Casey
Riley Curran
Rylan Frazer
Oliver Mack
Lucas Matthews
Ethan McDonald
Tallis McMillan
Harry Morel
Kobe O’Callaghan
Benjamin Stewart
Charlie Sutton
Edward Williams

U18 Girls
Oliviah Bodycott
Eva Catanzariti
Maeve Connell
Miriam Granger
Poppy Gray
Olivia Hopper
Freya Howard
Madeline Irvin
Caitlin Quintal
Nikita Stevenson
Carneh Yongai

U18 Boys
Liam Brady
Liam Duncan
Phoenix Grintell
Robert Jacksmith
Tristen Koga
Tre Koga
Loro Kuron
Remy Martin
Charlie McCormack
Levi Milsom
Jack Paul
Noah Rowston
Simphiwe Smedley
Charlie Strang
Christian Usares
Jacob Walsh

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 of trials and gain automatic entry to a program, pending approval by SSA.
– Athletes may attend tournament 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 2022.
• 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 (dependant 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.

Athletes attending Your Local Clubs Academy Games will incur a $300 levy which covers all aspects of travel/accommodation/meals and games fees.

*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.

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

Basketball Expression of Interest

Program Partner