NIAS Report: Lord’s Taverners go in to bat with NIAS

NIAS is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Northern New South Wales branch of the Lord’s Taverners, an association run by Stan Gilchrist (Adam Gilchrist’s father).

This new partnership between the two organisations will focus on the region’s sporting youth.  

NIAS has long been recognised for its efforts in helping pre-elite sporting athletes from our region get used to a higher level of expectation and gain access to top level coaches and education on their pathway to success. 

The Lord’s Taverners invests its time in providing opportunities for our nation’s youth, regardless of their background. 

The Lord’s Taverners invests its time in providing opportunities for our nation’s youth, regardless of their background.

Since its inception in 2009 the Lord’s Taverners Northern NSW branch has raised and disbursed more than $250,000 across a wide range of programs.

“We provide sporting facilities, equipment and opportunities. 

“The people assisted may be disadvantaged by finance, geography, Aboriginality, sex, physical or intellectual disability, and so we aim to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people by using sport and recreation to engage with them,” The Lord’s Taverners chairman Stan Gilchrist said.

The two organisations are greatly aligned in their vision and mission, aiming to improve and benefit young members in their community through sport. 

With these two operations combining their efforts, there is no doubt that the opportunities for these athletes in the region will continue to grow, changing their lives for the better, not just on the field, but off it too.

NIAS and the Lord’s Taverners are joining forces as they look to grow and improve their community support and they will be presenting a Sportspersons’ Charity Dinner.

The Lord’s Taverners have helped NIAS acquire the guest speaker for their NIAS4LIFE dinner on Tuesday, October 23 at the Wests Diggers. 

Former Wallaby, award winning author and outspoken journalist Peter FitzSimons will be the guest speaker for the evening.

The Academy’s CEO James Cooper said, “This partnership will really help us develop the profile of the Academy and its athletes to the wider region.”

ATHLETE PROFILE: Elizabeth Chard

Sport? Netball

Age? 16

How long have you competed in netball? I have played netball for more than eight years now.

Highest achievement? Last year I played for Glen Innes and we took out the Under 17 state age championship in the third division.

Greatest influence on your sporting career? Glen Innes and NIAS coaches Kirstie and Julie Fuller. They have been great influences on my development as an athlete.

Who’s your favourite athlete? Caitlin Thwaites. She plays for the Melbourne Vixens in the Super Netball League. 

She’s also played for Australia for the past six years. She helped Australia win gold at the 2016 Netball World Championships.

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