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Getting into the academy part of the journey

A fresh faced sports programmer and events coordinator at SWSAS: Daniel Currinckx.

Newly appointed South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) sports program coordinator Daniel Currinckx says the selection process is an exciting part of the journey of elite athletes.

“As a newcomer to SWSAS it is personally motivating to see athletes engage in the excitement of selection and eager to test themselves against the well credentialed selection processes in place,’’ he said.

Mr Currinckx, said the selection process and opportunity to be selected into the academy was tougher in some mainstream sports than others, but this did not mean the quality of athlete was any different.

SWSAS is offering a range of new and revamped programs as part of its 2020 intake year.

Academy CEO Gerry Knights says the academy administration centre has been a hive of activity early in the New Year.

“We have held meetings with the state’s leading sports chief executive officers and administrators to discuss the wide range of requirements needed to develop quality sports pathway programs for our region’s talented athletes,’’ he said.

While this is taking place, hundreds of registered athletes representing 10 different sports are testing their potential to become a SWSAS athlete.

Mr Knights said having Mr Currinckx on board was a boost to the academy and athletes.

Daniel Currinckx looks set to take his skills in developing sporting performance, human movement and exercise physiology into the professional sporting domain with SWSAS. Daniel is seen here at his first AFLW training session with SWSAS.

“With a background in athletics, soccer, personal training, nutritional coaching and even a chef to boot, Daniel offers a vast range of knowledge and will no doubt bring exceptional value to SWSAS athletes and coaching staff alike,’’ Mr Knights said.

“He has great passion towards developing sporting performance, human movement and exercise physiology, leaving no stone unturned to provide the best resources across all SWSAS sporting programs.

“Daniel is continually striving to educate and grow in the sports industry, always on the front foot and leading by example.’’

Mr Currinckx has come to the academy having just completed a Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science) at Western Sydney University.

“As a sports programmer I could not have imagined a greater opportunity than work for SWSAS, which is giving me the opportunity to utilise my skills in a positive and rewarding environment,’’ he said.

“I have been amazed by the great work provided by volunteer coaching and supporting staff alike.’’

For more information regarding the academy, call 4627 7622, visit South West Sydney Academy of Sport on Facebook, or visit

Daniel Currinckx has a passion for strength and conditioning and uses a variety of training methods to help produce positive performance outcomes.

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