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New Athletes 2015 - Expression Of Interest Open

Expressions of Interest for joining the South West Academy of Sport are currently Open!

Are you an aspiring athlete in South West Victoria?

Are you a community leader or role model in sport?

Do you have a desire to excel in your sporting achievements and achieve your goals?

The South West Academy of Sport is looking for athletes to join its programs in 2015. We currently have structured programs for Cycling, Golf, Tennis, Netball and Trithalon. We can also cater to Individual Athletes who are looking at improving their skills at community leadrs and role models by creating well rounded athletes. 

The South West Academy of Sport is the peak sporting body within South West Victoria. It aims to provide aspiring athletes with elite athletes services to assist them with their development both on and off the field. 

If you are interested please fill out the attached form and return to CEO Ann Sissons - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or PO Box 26, Warrnambool 3280.

For more information please contact Ann Sissons on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0400 076 469

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Courtney Hits the USA!

SWAS Athlete Courtney Van Diesen has come back from an eye opening experience in the USA!

Courtney was selected to compete with an organisation called Sport travel Australia in three competitions during her time there.

Her competitions were split up in three different locations around Nevada.

Race one: University of Nevada XC International – Here Van Diesen was named in the Australian Varsity Team and finished 34th with a time of 24.15 – The Australian team finished 6th overall in the event.

Race two: Bishop German Cluster at Bonnie Springs – Courtney finished 25th overall out of 123. Having her slowest time for the trip of 25.14, Courtney experienced the true meaning of the word ‘cross country’ and battled against the harsh Las Vegan heat.

Race three: Falcon XC International – Van Diesen finished 13 out of a field of 123 with a time of 21.39 – the best for her trip and scoring her first international medal.


Courtney has learnt a lot from the trip – improving technique and learning the level of others in her age group.

Upon returning to Australia Courtney was contacted by NSR Australia offering her a position in their program to study and play soccer at a USA college post year 12!


Courtney learnt a handful of lessons that only international competition can provide and loved every minute of the experience, she is now hard at work developing her skills and technique in the lead up to the Australian Summer Season.


Celebrating Women in Sport

Last night saw a celebration of the amazing Sporting Females of the Southern Grampians Shire. These talented ladies have put in countless hours of determination, training and hard work to come out on top as the best in the Southern Grampians!

SWAS would like to honour the following athletes for their efforts:

2014 Young Sportswoman of the Year-

Niamh Jones

Sportswomans Foundation Members Award-

Mikayla Beavis

Certificates of Merit:

Emily Johnston - Hockey

Niamh Jones - Archery

Mikayla Beavis - Athletics

Aly Smead - Athletics/Netball

Courtney Van Diesen - Athletics/X-Country

Congratulations to all these amazing and talented young athletes, you have worked incredibly hard for these awards, continue to keep up the amazing work!!


Congratulations Milly!


A HUGE congratulations to SWAS Elite Athlete Melissa Tapper on winning the Victorian Institute of Sport Elite Athlete With a Disability award last night at the VIS Awards of Excellence!

Melissa you should be very proud of yourself and the efforts you have put in, you have made 2014 your year. 

Congratulations to you from all of us at SWAS!

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