Greater Bank has partnered the Western Region Academy of Sport since 2018 and in 2020 has continued our sponsorship of the netball program.
Heading up the Academy is Executive Officer, Candice Boggs, who gave us an insight to her role and the role the Western Region Academy of Sport is playing in providing a pathway for elite young athletes.
What role is the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) playing in the community?
WRAS is one of 11 regional academies in NSW that offer quality support and development opportunities to assist talented young athletes from the region achieve sporting excellence.
WRAS programs provide high performance coaching, education, training and competition opportunities to up-skill athletes and assist them in progressing to higher representation within their chosen sport.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Normally an early wake up to walk my dog, a quick stop off to grab a coffee on the drive to work and I’ll usually try and get to the gym on my lunch break (if I’m feeling motivated). Then it’s into the office to work across a wide range of activities.
Thankfully day light savings is just around the corner so the days are feeling longer meaning I can do something active after work before cooking dinner and watching something on TV.
What do you love most about your job?
I really like working with the WRAS coaches to develop and deliver our programs. Our coaches and volunteers are the backbone of WRAS and we are really blessed to have such knowledgeable and passionate coaches in our region.
I also really enjoy seeing the athletes compete at Academy Games or other high level competitions. In the four years I’ve worked with WRAS I’ve seen a handful of athletes progress from WRAS to represent NSW and Australia. It makes me feel very happy and proud for them and their family knowing the hard work they’ve put in to get where they are now.
How has Greater Bank helped your organisation?
WRAS is very fortunate to have Greater Bank as a program partner with our netball squad. Through this relationship our athletes are all privileged enough to receive a $20 start-up fund at the start of their program. Additionally, one netballer every month is nominated as the ‘Greater Bank Player of the Month’ where they receive a $50 voucher.
What impact have Greater Bank employees had on your organisation?
Greater Bank have been a really positive organisation to work with and really motivated to help foster a great netball program at WRAS.
How has COVID-19 impacted your organisation? What have the toughest challenges been and have there been any unexpected benefits?
The biggest hurdle WRAS had to face during COVID-19 was the initial shut down of sport. Many of our athletes couldn’t play, train or socialise, and had their major events and trainings programs cancelled for the year. The highlight for most of our athletes is the Academy Games that was scheduled for April but cancelled. We also had to cancel the Academy Challenge netball tournament planned for Orange.
However, the change in circumstances helped us develop an online platform for our programs and refine our practices. The situation has definitely been eye opening but helped us be prepared to deliver 2021 programming with the same quality as always.
What impact have Greater Bank employees had on the program, particularly in light of the COVID situation?
The Greater Bank employees have had a tremendous impact on WRAS. The greatest thing about working with any organisation is that you can form some amazing relationships at work and develop different ideas working with different sectors.
By working with Greater Bank we have been able to develop an amazing online challenge between the Hunter, Central Coast and the Western Region Academy of Sport. This challenge has definitely helped our netballers maintain their commitment as they head towards the end of the program and allows them to finish their 2020 season with some enjoyment.
How would you best sum up your partnership with Greater Bank?
Greater Bank has been an amazing organisation to work with and a truly valued partner for our Academy. I can’t thank them enough for the continued support, especially during these challenging times. | Candice Boggs, WRAS Executive Officer
And for some fun…
If you could pick three people to have dinner with (living or dead) who would they be and why?
Hamish Blake and Will Ferrell; they would definitely provide the entertainment. My grandpa; I didn’t get the chance to meet him before I was born.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Vietnam – beautiful scenery, great food and friendly locals
Best coffee or eat spot in your local area?
Doppio, Keppel St Bathurst.