The Far West Academy of Sport Tennis Program is supported and endorsed by Tennis NSW and is designed to support the developmental needs of the young Tennis players from the Far West region. The FWAS Tennis program is an integral part of the Tennis NSW Athlete Development Pathway as it provides athletes with intensive training from quality coaches that emphasise providing greater skill development, strength and conditioning support and physical preparation so they can progress further in the sport. The program also provides scholarship holders with increased playing opportunities against high level competition from across the state on various court surfaces.
FWAS Tennis Scholarship holders are expected to attend ALL scheduled FWAS Tennis events.
To be eligible for a FWAS Tennis Scholarship, athletes must meet the following criteria:
- Reside within the Far West region of NSW*.
- Are expected to be fully committed to Tennis as demonstrated by their attendance or intentions of attending recognised tournaments at regional, state and possible national level.
To gain selection in the FWAS Tennis 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 Tennis as demonstrated in training and match play
- Possess the relevant physical attributes associated with optimal Tennis performance such as height, power, agility, speed and endurance.
The FWAS along with its sponsors and supporters cover the majority of the costs associated with running the sports programs. Scholarship athletes are however required to contribute to some components of the program through an athlete levy.
Athletes are also required to purchase the FWAS uniform which is partly subsidized by the FWAS, but is still a cost to the athlete.
2015-16 FWAS Tennis Squad
Chloe Bunter (Gilgandra), Emma Bunter (Gilgandra), John Bunter (Gilgandra), Thomas Girle (Condobolin), James Glasson (Warren), William Gudgeon (Hermidale), Aiden Hegarty (Coonamble), Alexander Hegarty (Coonamble), Tobias Landers (Coonamble), John Cedric Maligaya (Warren), Charlotte Ricardo (Walgett), Ashleigh Smith (Coonabarabran), Nils Thomas (Coonabarabran), Tristan Thomas (Coonabarabran), Abbey Tyrwhitt (Warren), Dougall Tyrwhitt (Warren).
Head Coach: Ken Wray
Squad Manager: Cathy Lewis
*The Far West Region is defined as 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