2011/12 NCAS AWD Squad

2011/12 NCAS AWD Squad

First Name Last Name
James Bertalli
Mitchell Christiansen
Myles Gibson
Craig Jarrett
Shane McBurney
Lily Mitchell
Hana Mitchell
Majye Moreno
Sam Petterson
Mitchell Pitman
Jacinta Rogers
Catherine Ryan
Stephanie Van Honk


Overview of the Athlete with a Disability (AWD) Program

The NCAS Athlete with a Disability (AWD) Program is a new initiative which aims to provide a new level of regional support to emerging or existing talented athletes with a disability.

NCAS’s research and consultation with state and national bodies has concluded that a generic AWD program that can service a range of AWD sports would be the best program to service the North Coast region. The program has been endorsed by NCAS Management and is financially supported by Communities NSW - Sport & Recreation as part of their objective to help build better communities throughout all of NSW.

The athletes identified would not only be encouraged by the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and NSW Sport & Recreation Disability Sports Unit but also from our inaugural Athlete with a Disability Sports Program.

Selection Process and Criteria

The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) holds Talent Search days around the Australia.  From the Talent Search days held in the north coast region of NSW (Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie and west to Grafton), NCAS in consultation with APC identifies athletes for the NCAS AWD program.

The NCAS program is open to athletes of all ages and all abilities. At present, athletes identified in the sports of Track & Field and Swimming are invited into the program. NCAS hopes that the sports offered will grow as the program continues.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they currently are (or at least have the potential to become) an elite athlete for their sport, discipline, age and classification. It is expected that applicants will have already been training and competing in their sport, and may have already achieved a notable level of accomplishment.

How many athletes will be selected?

It is envisaged that a squad of approximately 10 to 20 athletes will be selected based on their sporting results to date and determined potential. Athlete’s coaches and support staff are also invited to apply to be part of the program.

What is the program content?

The delivery of the inaugural AWD program will be a camps-based program consisting of two weekend camps at Lake Ainsworth Sport & Recreation Centre, Lennox Head between July 2010 and March 2011. Athletes, coaches and support personnel will also be invited to attend the Regional Athlete & Coach Education (RACE) weekend.

The camp-based format will be designed to support the AWD pathway and will engage specialist presenters, coaches, sports trainers and mentors to assist the selected athletes and their respective coaches.

NCAS’s Regional Athlete and Coach Education (RACE) Program is mainly delivered during a weekend in November, although some education modules may also be delivered within the two weekend camps at Lake Ainsworth. RACE provides the squad members, their coaches, parents and carers education in topics such as sports psychology, athlete physiology, athlete nutrition, drugs in sport, core strength and conditioning sessions and ‘respect & responsibility’ as well as media and public speaking, athlete pathways, AWD classification, equipment maintenance and gender-specific issues within each sport.