AFTER months of preparation, the tenth annual ClubsNSW Academy Games opening ceremony kicked off with a blast at the Scholastic Sports Stadium in Terrigal.
With over 700 athletes, coaches, sponsors, special guests, volunteers and parents pouring into the Scholastic Sports Stadium, nerves ran wild. It may have been a tight squeeze, but everyone managed to find a seat for a full view of the unveiling of the 2015 ClubsNSW Academy Games.
The opening ceremony showcased the hundreds of athletes from across the state from the eleven academies competing across Central Coast venues over the weekend.
Martin Bullock, Chairman of the Regional Academies of Sport (RASi), said "I am proud to see so many young and aspiring athletes at these games. We hope to see some incredible demonstrations of what these athleses are able to achieve from our academies and our programs."
Special guest and Commonwealth Gold Medalist, Kevin Moore, spoke of the highs and lows of his time in the academy program. "The lows are just a small period of time, they don't last forever. That's when you chase your dream career, your next medal, or your net win. Set goals for yourself and they will be your highs."
Chairman of ClubsNSW, Peter Newell, was presented with an award for ten years of support for the academy games. Without their ongoing support, a decade of sport could not have been possible.
Mayor of Gosford, Lawrie McKinna and Deputy Mayor of Wyong, Lynne Webster, were also amongst the special guests at the opening ceremony who showed their support for the ClubsNSW Academy Games.
The evening was nothing but highs as it closed out with some of the states top basketball players taking to the court to get the basketball competition underway.
We hope the rest of the weekend is also held in such high spirits, as the competition really starts to get underway.
The Central Coast Academy of Sport on behalf of the Regional Academy of Sport (RASi) network would like the thank and acknowledge the support received from the following organisations:
ClubsNSW (Principal Partner), NSW Government through the Office of Sport, Gosford City Council, Wyong Shire Council, NBN Television (Media), Southern Cross Austereo (101.3 SeaFM and 107.7 2GO), Central Coast Tourism.