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Making our Best Youth Better
The concept of an Academy of Sport was developed after La Trobe University Bendigo commissioned Murray Mansfield and David Pinniger to investigate ways in which a holistic program could be developed to support young Bendigo athletes. Initial support for the proposal came from the Greater City of Bendigo and Bendigo Senior Secondary College and in March 1995 the Academy of Sport was formally incorporated with Murray Mansfield appointed as the Executive Officer. The first three sports to be accepted for the development programs were soccer, badminton and volleyball. Twenty years later the Academy now hosts seven sporting programs including baseball, clay target, cycling, golf, netball, tennis and volleyball. The Bendigo Bank Academy not only fosters the talents of young athletes but provided valuable opportunities for coaches such as Tim Decker a past cycling coach who has been appointed the Australian coach. The Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport has a proud record of supporting athletes who have gone on to represent Australia including cyclists Glenn O'Shea and Zak Dempster, badminton player Glenn Warfe, Ross Smith, Jeff Tho, golfer Lucas Herbert, volleyballer Karly Hynes as well as netballer Caitlin Thwaites who was part of the volleyball program.
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The Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport Annual Presentation Gala Evening celebrated the successes of the athletes and coaches for the 2014/15 year. The Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport Athlete of the Year went to Laura Woolley [Clay Target Shooting]. Laura was presented the Gary Tierney Memorial Scholarship Award at a Gala Ceremony on Friday night at the All Seasons presented by Margaret Keech Chair of the BBAS Board and John McGrath long-time family friend and Geoff Milward Bendigo Bank. Laura has only been shooting seriously for 18 months and has won numerous local and state competitions. Recently she shot at the National Titles at Wagga Wagga and was very success in gaining selection into the Australian Women’s Macintosh Team. Laura has a bright future and the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport please to have contributed to her success. Academy Coach of the Year -Andrew Hickey [volleyball] was presented by Keith Oberin BBAS board member and Tim Decker Cycling Australia Track Coach. Andrew has been a long time academy coach who has developed many of our elite female volleyball athletes. “Frank Roberts outstanding service award” was presented to Ian Symons who has been a Board member for over 10 years. Ian was presented the award by Frank Roberts & Margaret Keech current Board Chairperson. 20th Anniversary Recognition Awards go to David Pinniger and Murray Mansfield. David was the inaugural Chair for the then Bendigo Academy of Sport which was established in 1995. Murray was the first Executive Officer for the Academy in 1995; both these gentlemen were also on the planning committee prior to the Academy being established in 1995. Sponsor/Partner 15 Year Recognition Award – Bendigo Bank – presented by Graham Gordon Executive Officer BBAS & Mariela Pena Sport Recreation Victoria Sponsor/Partner 20 Year Recognition Award – City of Greater Bendigo & La Trobe University. – presented by Graham Gordon Executive Officer BBAS & Mariela Pena Sport Recreation Victoria La Trobe University Scholarships [must be past athletes] - Has completed a full first year of Tertiary Education at La Trobe University – Melisa Pearce who is studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. First year student from Regional Victoria who has successfully completed their VCE in the last twelve months – Madeleine Lewon who is studying Dentistry at La Trobe University Bendigo. Current Men’s Olympic Champion – Teams Pursuit Cycling - Glenn O’Shea and Tim Decker former Head Coach of Cycling with the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport and now current Head Coach of the Australian were the special guest speakers at the 20th Annual Gala event. Among the special guests attending the evenings celebrations were; Mariela Pena form Sport Rec Victoria, Nick Hinneberg Tennis Victoria, Robert Stephenson Campus Head of La Trobe University, Councillor Rod Fyffe – City of Greater Bendigo, Ben Sweeney Golf Victoria and the Bendigo Bank was represented by Geoff and Jan Milward, Allan and Ester Andrews, and Leesa Miller. 2014/2015 Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport Award winners: BASEBALL – Presenter Roger Dellwo Coach & Kevin Hughes Sponsor Underground Cable Systems Athlete of the Year - Charlie Hay Coaches Encouragement – Duncan Lever CYCLING – Ken Maddern Coach & Glenn O’Shea Current Olympic champion Athlete of the Year - Harrison Douglas Coaches Encouragement – Jagan Woods Clay Target Shooting – Steve Atkins Coach & Glenn Woodhatch current Victorian Coaching Coordinator & VCTA Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year – Laura Woolley Coaches Encouragement – Meshalia Cox Golf – Erik Hendriks Coach & Ben Sweeney Golf Victoria Athlete of the Year – Jarrod Berry Coaches Encouragement – Mitchell Whittle Netball – Melissa Ryan Coach & Pam Ferrari Netball Victoria Regional Development Manager - North Athlete of the Year – Paige Ryan Coaches Encouragement – Kelly Gould Tennis– Adam Crameri & Nick Hinneberg Tennis Victoria Athlete of the Year – Isaac Watson Coaches Encouragement – Tane` Thomas Volleyball – Andrew Hickey & Todd Broadbent Coaches of the Girls & Boys Squads and John Sheen [Bendigo Volleyball Association] Athlete of the Year – Kate Eason & Jemeul Pryse Coaches Encouragement – Ruby Selisky & Guy Hickman
Planning is well underway for the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Documents that have been e-mailed out to athletes and their families that we had e-mail records for dating back to 2006.
Congratulations Caitlin Thwaites - Aussie Diamonds Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport, Congratulate Caitlin Thwaites past athlete from the Academy on winning in the World Cup of Netball. Well Done Caitlin from the Academy.
Cancellation: Bendigo Bank Academy of Dinner – 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner Unfortunately we have decided to cancel the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner due to only a small number of tickets being sold. This was a difficult decision given the huge amount of work that had already been completed in the preparations of the event. Rather than hold the function with a limited number of guests we have decided to include the 20th Anniversary celebrations into our annual presentation evening which is being held on Friday 15th May 2015. A small part of this evening will be dedicated to the 20th Anniversary with memorabilia being on display and some slideshows of our past athletes and events. Our apologies for this cancellation and hopefully it will not cause you any inconvenience. I will keep you informed about the upcoming annual presentation as details evolve. Yours Sincerely, Graham Gordon Executive Officer – on behalf of the organising committee.