Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, presented 14 young sporting stars from the Western Sydney Academy of Sport with a Mayoral Commendation award during a meet and greet at The Hills Shire Council on Wednesday, November 30.
The Hills Shire athletes were inducted into the Academy of Sport’s 2016/2017 program which includes developmental training courses to help up-and-coming athletes residing in Western Sydney reach their full sporting potential.
Mayor Keane said to have so many young people accepted into the Academy was a great achievement and reflected The Hills Shire’s love of sport.
“I would like to offer my warmest and heartfelt congratulations to our new Western Sydney Academy of Sport inductees,” Mayor Keane said.
“To be accepted into the Academy is a truly amazing achievement and reflects all the hard work, commitment and training these superstars have completed over the years to be the best in their chosen sporting field.
“It’s really exciting to see so many young Hills Shire athletes really making their mark across an array of sports including netball, golf, AFL and cycling.
“I look forward to celebrating their achievements and inspirational stories and I wish them every success in their future careers.”
Martin Bullock, Chief Executive Officer of Western Sydney Academy of Sport said the number of Hills residents inducted into the Academy represented the very strong talent pool within The Hills region.
“These wonderful young athletes are a reflection of the skills and passion for their chosen sports they possess,” Mr Bullock said.
“These athletes are also a reflection of the support the Academy receives from The Hills Shire Council and the local business community that assists with our program operations.”
The Academy’s programs are targeted at pre-elite athletes, who demonstrate skill and talent in their sport with the goal of progressing through to the next stages of the elite pathway within their discipline.
The Academy aims to develop athletes into outstanding sports citizens by way of technical skill development, athlete education and personal development.