The Academy Games are Coming to Town
3rd April 2019
By Bianca Smith
L-R: Top: Brett O'Farrell (HAS), Jessica Dunn (AFL), Charlee Jones (Triathlon) , Ella Hewat (Hockey), Mackenzie Stuart (Netball), Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes (City of Newcastle), Lleyton Richards (Tennis), Mayke Telfer (Softball), Ian Robilliard (CCAS).
Bottom: Raegan Dunn (AFL) & Charlie Lentfer (Basketball).
The 2019 Your Local Club Academy Games has officially kick started its campaign with a Media Launch held on Tuesday April 2nd at Wests New Lambton Terrace Room.
Some of the states finest young athletes will arrive in the Hunter Region in a weeks time for the 2019 Your Local Club Academy Games. Hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS), the event will be held across various venues across the region from Friday April 12th to Sunday April 14th, 2019.
The Games will be bringing together athletes, staff, families and supporters from all 11 Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) across New South Wales. The competing Academies include Central Coast, Far West, Illawarra, Hunter, North Coast, Northern Inland, South East, South West Sydney, Southern, Western Region and Western Sydney Academies of Sport. The Games will also highlight guest Academies, including teams from Sydney and the ACT.
The Games features the emerging talent of 1300 athletes across 8 sports including Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Softball, Triathlon, AFL and Tennis. The inclusion of Triathlon is an exciting venture for the Games, as they had not been involved in the past few years.
The 2019 Games will also highlight an exhibition Para-sport match, with Wheelchair Basketball and Para-Futsal athletes competing on the Saturday morning of the weekend.
The following athletes represented the 2019 tournament at Tuesday’s Media Launch: Ella Hewat (Hockey); Jessica and Raegan Dunn (AFL); Charlee Jones (Triathlon; Lleyton Richards (Tennis); Mackenzie Stuart (Netball); Mayke Telfer (Softball) and Charlie Lentfer (Basketball).
Chief Executive Officer of the Hunter Academy of Sport Brett O’Farrell stated: “We are very excited to be given the opportunity again to host the Your Local Club Academy Games in the Hunter Region. We look forward to building on and improving what was a successful year for the Regional Academies of Sport not just locally, but throughout the state.”
“Last year the Games estimated 7, 252 bed stays in the Hunter, with a total economic tourism value of $1, 225, 588.”
The 2019 Your Local Club Academy Games is proudly supported by Your local club, the NSW Government, Newcastle City Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, NBN News, Regional Academies of Sport and the Hunter Academy of Sport.