The WRAS program provides high performance coaching and training opportunities to up-skill athletes and assist them in progressing to higher representation within the sport of hockey.

The WRAS hockey program is endorsed by Hockey NSW as the underpinning development pathway for the Hockey NSW Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP).

The program sits between local representative hockey and higher order representation such as NSW state country team selection and AAP selection.

The 2024 hockey program will run from October 2023 to April 2024. Athletes will graduate from the program at the 2024 Presentation Night in July.

Nominations for the 2024 Hockey Program have now closed. To register your interest in the 2025 program please click here.

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To be eligible for selection in the 2024 program athletes must:

  • be turning 16, 17 or 18 years old in 2024
  • be living or attending school in the WRAS catchment area
  • be a current financial member of their local association and Hockey NSW
  • submit a nomination form before the closing date

The following selection criteria may be taken into consideration during the selection process:

  • Physical attributes and capabilities
  • Technical competence
  • Tactical awareness
  • Potential to improve
  • Competitive ability
  • Individual application
  • Performance and results at specific events
  • Coachability and behaviour
  • Intensive training sessions by local elite coaches
  • Skill development
  • Inter-Academy Development camps
  • Injury prevention screenings and strength and conditioning training programs
  • Sports science fitness testing
  • Educational seminars

Opportunities to compete in elite events such as the Your Local Club Academy Games


Head Coach: Kent Bestwick (Bathurst)
Assistant Coach: Sarah White (Bathurst)
Apprentice Coach: Luke Abbott (Bathurst)
Manager: Ian McAlister (Orange)

Sophia Burke (Bathurst)
Lacey Carter (Bathurst)
Amelia Cregan (Orange)
Tess Driver (Orange)
Holly Duncan (Parkes)
Ally Evans (Bathurst)
Violet Henson (Oberon)
Juliette Mills (Molong)
Elsie Orr (Parkes)
Charlotte Ortiger (Bathurst)
Ellie Parker (Peak Hill)
Kelsie Richards (Mount Rankin)
Morgan Still (Bathurst)
Lauren Weal (Bathurst)
Zoe Wood (Cudal)

Angus Coddington (Dubbo)
Mark Jachi (Orange)
Rhys Jones (Spring Hill)
Nicholas McPherson (Bogan Gate)
Deklin Unsworth (Mudgee)
Alexander Walker-Cooke (Mudgee)
Mitchell Williamson (Orange)