Wild weather hasn't stopped hundreds of athletes from Regional Academies of Sport across New South Wales from giving their all on the first day of the 2014 ClubsNSW Academy Games.
The Games are being hosted by the Illawarra Academy of Sport, and staged at venues in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands.
Golfers will face windy conditions at The Links Shell Cove, while triathletes are taking to the water at Wollongong Harbour. Lawn bowls is going ahead at Bomaderry, with organisers keeping a close eye on the conditions.
This morning's cycling time trial at Bowral Velodrome had to be cancelled because of a wet track, but the scheduled road race will go ahead this afternoon.
Hockey is being played at Unanderra, with an enthusiastic crowd of spectators braving the cold wind, and a rugby union skills session is underway at the University of Wollongong with coaches from the Australian Rugby Union giving expert guidance to Academy players.
Netball is in full swing at the UOW Sports Hub, with some spirited competition.
The Games are a key event in the Academy program, which provides expert training and skill development for pre-elite athletes. Many of Australia's sporting champions have been through an Academy of Sport program.
The Games continue tomorrow, with golf moving to Kiama Golf Course