Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Former Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women's Interests

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Regional WA welcomes stars of the pool

    7/09/2013 12:00 AM
    • BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series takes sporting stars to regional WA
    • Regional swimming and water polo clinics aim to inspire thousands of children
    • Series supported by Eventscorp’s Regional Events Program and funded by Royalties for Regions

    Australian swimming and water polo stars will share their expertise with thousands of children in regional Western Australia as part the second annual BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.


    The series brings some of the nation’s best swimmers and water polo players to Perth for one of the world’s richest swimming meets and an elite water polo competition.


    Leading swimmers and water polo players will also conduct clinics in regional areas under the series’ Regional Community Program, which begins on September 23 and runs to May next year.


    Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said the community program aimed to inspire thousands of children in regional WA, with swimming and water polo clinics in the Goldfields, Kimberley, Pilbara, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West regions.


    “The program enables some of Australia’s best stars of the pool, such as Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett, Matt Welsh, Eamon Sullivan and Danielle Woodhouse, to share their skills and knowledge with young people,” Mrs Harvey said.


    “The aquatic super series, held in Perth, is a unique series of events featuring one of the world’s richest swimming meets, an elite water polo competition, along with elite and mass participation open-water swimming races.


    “Last year’s inaugural event saw some of Australia’s top swimmers and water polo players take on some of the world’s best, including the reigning Olympic men’s water polo champions Croatia and the formidable Chinese and South African swim teams.”


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government was proud to support the regional component of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series through Eventscorp’s Regional Events Program, which was funded by Royalties for Regions.


    In total, $2.1million has been allocated to the Regional Events Program over three years from 2012.


    “Events across WA deliver many social and economic benefits to regional communities and ensure the sustainable development of our regions for future generations,” Mr Grylls said.


    “Last year’s community program was a tremendous success, and it is fantastic to see that once again it is supported by some of Australia’s most renowned swimmers and water polo players.


    “The regional clinics also provide a fantastic opportunity to promote water-based sports and a healthy lifestyle across the State.”


          Fact File

    • Regional Community Program runs from September 2013-May 2014
    • Delivered by Swimming Australia in partnership with Swimming WA and WA Water Polo, and the Department of Sport and Recreation

    Tourism Minister’s office - 6552 5900

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500