The Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) commenced operation in July 1991 and is a non-profit organisation. WRAS is one of 11 regional academies in NSW that provides support to talented athletes and attempt to eliminate the disadvantages regional athletes face in comparison to their city counterparts. Athletes from throughout the region are offered scholarship in squads (Sport Talent Enhancement Programs) and individually (Individual Talent Enhancement Programs).
Benefits of the Academy to Athletes
- coaching by the Academy’s elite level coaches and visiting coaches from State and National bodies
- development of personal qualities such as self esteem, self awareness and self motivation
- organisation of relevant competition opportunities for squads and athletes
- strength and conditioning programs
- sports science testing and evaluation
- education workshops for a variety of sports science topics
- optical screening
The WRAS catchment covers a geographical region of 91,522 square kilometres which is one of the largest areas covered by a NSW academy. The region covers 17 local government areas: Bathurst Regional, Bland, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Dubbo Regional, Forbes, Gilgandra, Hilltops, Lachlan , Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Narromine, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.
WRAS Management and Structure
WRAS is governed by a board consisting of 7 members who are nominated, elected and appointed from within the western region community. WRAS employs an Executive Officer, a Sports Program Manager, an Office Manager and is supported by volunteers.
To be a leader in regional sports development
To enhance experiences for talented sports people and provide opportunities for the wider sporting community
Guiding Principles and Key Performance Areas
Full details are contained in the WRAS Strategic and Business Plan 2015-2019