(Image: Mariah Williams in action for HAS in 2011)
The Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) will be represented by 30 past and present athletes this month when the world unites for the rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The Australian Olympic Committee has announced a Team of 472 athletes to compete in Tokyo, consisting of 254 women and 218 men, plus a record 16 First Nations athletes competing across 11 sports.
This is the second largest Team ever to leave Australia’s shores, just short of the 482 athletes who competed in the Athens Games in 2004.
RAS will see the following athletes representing Australia in the Green and Gold:
Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS):
- Hockey: Mariah Williams, Matt Dawson
- Sailing: Will Ryan
- Triathlon: Aaron Royle
- Waterpolo: Richie Campbell, Nathan Power
Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS):
- High Jump: Nicola McDermott
- Canoe Sprint: Dylan Littlehales
- Hockey: Matt Dawson
Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS):
- Softball: Stacey Porter
- Hockey: Kate Jenner
Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS):
- Softball: Taylah Tsitsikronis, Rachel Lack
- Canoe: Jessica Fox
- Cycling: Amanda Spratt
Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS):
- Hockey: Edwina Bone, Lachlan Sharp
South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS):
- Hockey: Emily Chalker
- Softball: Gabrielle Plain
- Wheelchair Basketball: Jessica Cronje
Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS):
- Track & Field: Sarah Carli, Jye Edwards
- Hockey: Blake Govers, Flynn Ogilvie, Grace Stewart
- Swimming: Jasmine Greenwood, Emma McKeon
- Tennis: Ellen Perez
- Skateboarding: Kieran Woolley
- Surfing: Sally Fitzgibbons
Southern Sports Academy (SSA):
- Swimming: Ashley van Rijswijk
IAS BluescopeWIN Lonestar, Kieran Woolley has been named as one of two Australian skateboarders selected to compete in the men’s park event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Kieran’s selection is a historic moment for IAS as he will be the first athlete to compete at the Olympic Games whilst on a current IAS Scholarship.
After the long, tedious qualification period, majorly disrupted by COVID, Kieran was officially named as one of 20 male park skateboarders.
“It’s awesome, I am honoured to qualify for the Olympics and represent Australia,” Kieran Woolley told the IAS. “I am also excited that the waiting is finally over.”
Chief Executive Officer of HAS, Brett O’Farrell, said after Monday’s official announcement of the Team Australia squad, “It is certainly a great reward for these athletes, their families and their support crew that follows many years of hard work, dedication and determination.”
“For some that journey started a decade ago with academy and as always we are thrilled to see any regional based athlete progress to any major world sporting event, and Tokyo is no different. We will be cheering on from home, congratulations to these special few,” he continued.