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Griffith University confirms ongoing business partnership The Chairman of the Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS) the Hon Mick Veivers is delighted to announce that Griffith University have confirmed to extend their business partnership with the GCAS into the New Year. Griffith University since 1975 has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential in the Asia-Pacific Region. Griffith offers more than 300 degrees in 4 broad academic groups and also provides support to its own pre-elite athlete students through the Griffith Sports College. “This high level of support will allow for a very robust ongoing business partnership between Griffith University and the GCAS. I am delighted to be working so closely with Griffith University and I thank Professor Ned Pankhurst for his help in ensuring this partnership is built on mutual benefit,” said Veivers. “Griffith University’s support for the Gold Coast Academy of Sport is to be commended and the GCAS looks forward to providing a meaningful placement for its students to complete their required community service as just one of the mutual benefits. Griffith University has a strategic direction to be the leading University in the Asia Pacific region with regard to the sports industry. The GCAS is ideally positioned to assist in this strategic direction,” added GCAS Managing Director Ian Robilliard.

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Awards Night Recognises Athlete Achievement On October 31st at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, over 400 people were present to recognise last year’s GCAS scholarship athletes for their efforts. Graduation Certificates were presented to all athletes and trophy awards were presented by VIPs to selected athletes to recognise outstanding achievement and to provide encouragement. The recipient of the 2012 Academy Male Athlete of the Year for a second year was Daniel Coleman. Daniel backed up a stellar 2011 by gaining further honours representing Australia in Athletics and Triathlon.

Jessica Roche GCAS Female Athlete of the Year

The GCAS Female Athlete of the Year recipient was Jessica Roche from the Indoor Volleyball program. Jessica had a long list of achievements in 2012 including when she was a member of the winning team of the Queensland Indoor Volleyball Championships and her team were the winners of the inaugural Gold Coast Festivolle of Volleyball. The recipient of the Chairman’s Award was Kenza Benzenati. She hopes one day to represent Australia in Athletics and study medicine at University.

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Applications for first year Introductory program are now open. Sessions for this squad will be offered weekly on Friday afternoons in Term 2 and 3. Applications will close on Friday 8th March. Members of the Advanced squad are now starting their preparations for this year’s Academy Games in Wollongong to be held in April. The GCAS Golf program has the sponsorship support of the RACV Royal Pines Resort and Sporte Leisure clothing and the in-principle support of the Gold Coast District Men’s and Women’s Golf associations.

This year’s GCAS Rugby League program is up and running and a pre-season training camp for 26 athletes took place on January 25-26 at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre. At the next core education session, all athletes will complete their introductory referees certificate allowing them to give back to the community by refereeing junior matches. The GCAS would like to thank the Queensland Rugby League’s SE QLD Division and Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League for sponsorship of this program.

2013 Advanced squad – Conor Bronson, Drew Herbert, Heiko Jeandupeux, Trent Rhodes and Tyla Smith Rebecca Kay, 2012 GCAS Golf program athlete of the year, at her first professional tournament - the Ladies Masters at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. At just 14 years and 5 days, Kay is the second youngest player to debut in the tournament’s history. 2013 GCAS Rugby League pre-season camp squad

Future Stars (north Gold Coast) Applications are now open for this program and will close Friday 8th March. The Future Stars program is unique in that it offers further practical and core sports education development opportunities for athletes who do not fit within the criteria of current academy sport programs, more mature aged pre-elite athletes or whose sport is not currently being offered as a GCAS program. Future Stars north athletes will have the pleasure of training over a six-month period at the Sports Super Centre at Runaway Bay and monthly core education sessions. The athletes are expected to be achieving (or aim to achieve with the support of the GCAS) performance benchmarks at either a regional, state or international level.

Football (soccer) Applications are now open for up to 30 male and female athletes aged U/13-U/17. The first training session will be on Wednesday 20th February starting at 6pm on the International Training Field of the RACV Royal Pines Resort. The GCAS Football program is designed to complement the athletes existing participation in the local junior Football competition with additional skill and core education activities. The new Head Coach is Matt Silcock.(pictured)

Volleyball (Indoor and Beach) Applications are now open for a total of 32 athletes (boys and girls) aged U/13-U/17 in the GCAS Indoor Volleyball program. Training will be on Tuesday nights at the Trinity Lutheran College starting at 5.30pm. A regular strength and conditioning component will also be built into the program. The Head Coach for girls will be Andrew McCaskill with over 150 games of international coaching experience. The head coach for boys will be former QAS athlete Aaron Alsop. The GCAS Beach Volleyball program will start training on Monday 11th February at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre starting at 6pm. Athletes are welcome to come along and improve their skills and match play. The program will expand in the lead-up to next summer. Coaches will be former QAS and U/21 Australian champion Adam Thornley and Aaron Alsop.

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Basketball The GCAS Basketball program is planning to resume in Term 2 with training sessions being held during term time at the Trinity Lutheran Senior College Campus at Ashmore on Tuesdays from 4.30-6.30pm. The Head Coach will be former Sydney Kings and Melbourne Tigers NBL player Thalo Green. Skill and fitness work development will be offered to the athletes and a camp day during the July school holidays is also planned.

Gold Coast City Council Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) is committed to creating a city internationally recognised for its quality, diversity and sustainable lifestyle, economy and unique environment. The GCCC boundary stretches from Alberton in the north to Coolangatta in the south. It includes Moreton Bay and South Stradbroke Island. Business Gold Coast Gold Coast City is not only the perfect place to live but is also the perfect location for the growth and development of business. One of Australia’s fastest growing cities is also home to a thriving and modern business community. Find out more about why more people are choosing to locate their businesses in Gold Coast City by visiting the Business GC website. The Greater Building Society When making financial decisions regarding loans and investments, you want to feel safe and secure. You can count on the Greater to provide the strength and security you are looking for. Operating since 1945, the Greater is one of the largest Building Societies in Australia. RACV Royal Pines Resort One of Queensland’s largest resorts, Resort Royal Pines Resort offers an unparalleled choice of accommodation, golfing, convention, dining and leisure facilities.

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GCAS Basketball athletes in action

Table Tennis Applications are now open for the GCAS Table Tennis program which is entering its second year. Training sessions are to be held on six selected Sunday afternoons starting February 24th at the Gold Coast Table Tennis Association at Molendinar. The Head Coach will be Queensland Director of Coaching Cathy Townsend with Qld Performance Manager Graeme Townsend the assistant coach.

92.5 Gold FM Gold 92.5 FM is part of the Macquarie Regional radio network, Australia’s largest and most progressive network that covers approx. 40% of the population that choose to reside outside of Australia’s capital cities. The station has a solid Gold format of the most popular 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music and is best known as “The Gold Coast’s Best Mix.’’ NBN Television NBN’s market stretches from Central Coast, NSW in the south to the Gold Coast, Queensland in the north and west to Moree and Narrabri. This market has a population of 1.9 million people and is the fourth largest television market in Australia behind Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Griffith University Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. 90.9 Sea FM 90.9 Sea FM is a modern, dynamic and exciting station playing “today’s best music,” meaning more of your favourite music from the 90’s and today.

GCAS Table Tennis squad

Details for a re-introduced Triathlon program are expected to be announced shortly. For further information or applications forms, visit the website or contact the GCAS Executive Officer.

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Gold Sport Program Sponsors As a not for profit community organisation, the academy is dependent on various levels of sponsorship to be able to deliver ‘golden opportunities through sport’ for the talented sporting youth of the Gold Coast. The GCAS would like to thank all sponsors who have pledged their support for the coming year. Visit the website to find out how your business could capture a unique promotional opportunity through supporting the next generation of up and coming sports stars from the Gold Coast. Individuals are also able to make a fully tax-deductible donation to academy programs through the Federal Government’s Australian Sports Foundation. What better way to invest in the future than in our local up and coming sports stars! For any information about supporting the Academy in these ways, please contact the Executive Officer or visit GOLF

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Coming Events The GCAS Golf Challenge sponsored by the RACV Royal Pines Resort will be held on Thursday 4th July with a shotgun tee-off from 12pm. It plans to be a great networking day for GCAS sponsors and other attendees who are most welcome to enter or just come for the after-event. GCAS Golf athletes will be invited to play alongside the sponsors. The GCAS is looking forward to hosting its fourth Awards Night which will be held on Wednesday 9th October at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. A large crowd of VIPs, valued sponsors, coaches, parents and other supporters are expected to gather to celebrate the achievements in the coming year of the academy athletes in their respective sports development and core education programs.

Athlete in Focus Smith debuts at the Ladies Masters Pro-Am.


With hard training and with the support of the GCAS and the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Tyla Smith secured her own position in this year’s Ladies Masters Pro-Am Tournament, selected to play alongside recent NSW Ladies Open winner Caroline Hedwall from Sweden.


“It was a great experience to play on the RACV Royal Pines Resort Course alongside a current professional in such good form and a winner of 6 professional ladies tournaments.” said Smith.


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Gold Sport Newsletter Issue 11  

The newsletter of the Gold Coast Academy of Sport, the first independent regional academy of sport in Queensland.

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