- State Government helps regional athletes access better training and coaching
- Scholarships ranging from $750-$2,250 per athlete available
The search is on for sporting stars of the future in regional Western Australia.
The State Government is calling on talented regional athletes to apply for scholarships to help with the costs of travel and training.
The 2013-2014 Country Athlete Scholarships, supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, helps regional athletes offset costs associated with daily training and allow them to compete in events they might otherwise be unable to attend.
The scholarship program has already helped athletes like BMX rider Lauren Reynolds and footballers Adam Hunter, Anthony Morabito and Tayte Pears to excel in their chosen sports.
Athletes aged 13-21 and living outside the Perth metropolitan area could receive scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,250.
In addition, athletes who lived more than 500km from Perth could be eligible for further funding of up to $1,750.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the scholarships provided much-needed assistance for regional-based athletes to access training, competitions, development camps, coaches and facilities to improve performance and assist them in representing WA.
“There is a wealth of sporting talent in regional Western Australia and these scholarships offer athletes a chance to test their skills and abilities on a larger stage,” Mr Waldron said.
“It’s exciting to think one of these scholarship recipients might be our next national sporting star or a future Olympian.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the scholarships were enabling regional athletes to reach their potential.
“With the help of Royalties for Regions, this program is supporting the sports stars of the future and helping to give people in regional WA the same opportunities as their metro counterparts,” Mr Grylls said.
Country Athlete Scholarships are awarded across a wide variety of sports from cricket, football, tennis, surf lifesaving, surfing and athletics, as well as to sports like underwater hockey, wood chopping, clay target shooting, roller sports and flying disc.
Sport and Recreation Minister’s office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500