Program overview

The Far West Academy of Sport Lone Star Program is a scholarship based program that aims to provide financial assistance and support to talented athletes in the Far West region to enhance their development in their chosen sport.

The FWAS Lone Star program is designed to support the developmental needs of each athlete with emphasis on skill development, strength and conditioning support and physical preparation. The program also provides educational and support services such as sports nutrition, sports physiology, sports psychology, media training, drugs awareness and personal development sessions so that they can progress further in their sport.

The Lone Star Program is designed for both male and female athletes aged between 13 to 18 years that are competing at a high level in their chosen sport. Individual athlete scholarships are available to talented youth who reside and attend school in the Far West Region. Scholarships will be awarded based on performances by the athlete at national, state or regional level over the past twelve months.

Scholarships will not be offered to athletes who qualify for our squad programs (i.e. Netball, Rugby League and Tennis). FWAS Lone Star athletes should be prepared to attend all athlete development opportunities that are offered to them by the Far West Academy of Sport.

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for a FWAS Lone Star Scholarship, athletes must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Reside within the Far West Region of NSW*.
  2. Be turning 13 – 18 years of age in 2017 (i.e. born from 2004 to 1999)
  3. Be involved in an individual or team sport which is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission;
  4. Be registered, affiliated or have reciprocal rights with the recognised state body of their chosen sport in NSW;
  5. Have satisfactory class work and attendance records at school / TAFE or work; and
  6. Be prepared to attend all additional athlete development opportunities which are offered by the FWAS.

Conditions of scholarship

FWAS Lone Star Scholarship holders are expected to:

  • be committed and prepared to work toward representing their sport at a state or national level;
  • be committed to a holistic approach to athlete development, both on and off the field;
  • maintain an appropriate performance standard at regional and state competitions to continue to receive scholarship support;
  • not take or use performance enhancing drugs or illegal drugs or participate in other activities that are prohibited by the Far West Academy of Sport Code of Conduct;
  • behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing your sport and the FWAS;
  • comply with the training requirements of your sport as prescribed by nominated coaching staff and respond in a positive manner to any suggestions or criticism;
  • be required to submit activity statements monthly outlining their activities during the scholarship period (a standard report form will be provided by the academy to complete).

Selection criteria

To gain selection in the FWAS Lone Star Program athletes must first satisfy the eligibility criteria and then the following will be taken into consideration during the selection process. The athlete must:

  • Demonstrate through past performance and/or potential capacity, the potential to improve performance to a high level.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and apply coaching ideas
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for the program as an individual and as a team member
  • Demonstrate tactical ability or knowledge of their chosen sport as demonstrated through training and match play
  • Possess the relevant physical attributes associated with optimal performance for their sport such as height, power, agility, speed and endurance.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a FWAS Lone Star selection panel. Information about the athlete maybe discussed with:-

  •     Western Region School Sports Association
  •    Local Government
  •    State Sporting Organisation
  •    Australian Sports Commission/AIS
  •     Far West Academy of Sport
  •     New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS).

The Far West Region is defined as being bound by the towns of Broken Hill in the West, Trangie in the East and Lake Cargelligo in the South to Lightning in the North and covers the following Local Government Areas; Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Coonamble, Lachlan (Tottenham and Lake Cargelligo), Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle (Coonabarabran and Dunedoo) and the Un-incorporated Area)