Western Australia’s high performance athletes will soon be training in world-class, contemporary facilities following the announcement of a new multi-million dollar High Performance Service Centre at Challenge Stadium.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the provision of $31.73million in the 2012-13 State Budget to fund a modern high performance training facility for the WA Institute of Sport (WAIS) was critical to the needs and success of Western Australian athletes.
“Western Australian athletes like Steve Hooker, two-time Olympic rower Ben Cureton and gymnast Lauren Mitchell excel on the world sports stage, and we need a new facility at WAIS to help them continue to achieve at a world standard,” Mr Waldron said.
“The new centre, which is part of an unprecedented commitment to sporting infrastructure by this Government, will enhance the daily training environment of our high performance athletes and improve WA’s performance in international competition.”
The Minister said the current WAIS facility lacked adequate strength and conditioning capacity, had no multi-purpose area, had limited office space and had poor rehabilitation equipment.
“The new WAIS facility will feature a multi-purpose gymnasium and training area, recovery and rehabilitation area, indoor runway, office areas for both administration and educational purposes, and sport science laboratories and research centres to collaborate with The University of Western Australia in research endeavours,” he said.
Treasurer Christian Porter said the funding was in addition to the $2million provided in last year’s Budget for business case development and initial planning for the facility.
“WAIS provides a daily training environment for close to 300 high performance athletes in 28 individual sports as well as specialised services for employed coaches, sports scientists and support staff, so it’s imperative WAIS can operate in a world-class facility,” Mr Porter said.
“The Liberal-National Government is overseeing the most comprehensive transformation of the State’s sporting infrastructure to ensure we meet the demands of today but also to build capacity for the future.”
The new facility is expected to be completed towards the end of 2014.