Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Country athletes score gold

    23/10/2013 12:00 AM
    • Young country athletes receive scholarships to train and travel
    • Funded through the Liberal National Government’s Royalties for Regions program

    Scholarships totalling $259,000 have been handed out to 233 of the State’s best country athletes to help with their daily training and allow them to compete in important sporting events.


    The State Government’s Country Athlete Scholarship program, funded through Royalties for Regions, is part of the Regional Talent Development Network Project and offers financial assistance to athletes aged between 13 and 21.


    Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said this year’s scholarships went to 233 athletes affiliated with 37 sporting associations, for popular sports like netball, surfing and hockey, as well as more unusual sports like bowhunting, clay target shooting and flying disc.


    “Offering a financial hand to these young athletes means we could well be helping our next generation of State sporting stars or Olympians,” Mr Waldron said.


    “Importantly, it means these athletes, regardless of where they live, get the opportunity to train and compete at a higher level than they may otherwise have access to.”


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the scholarship program was an important investment in regional athletes.


    “This round of scholarships helped national level athletes such as Gnarabup surfer Jacob Willcox and Gracetown’s Bronte and Laura Macaulay to surf in world title competitions,” Mr Grylls said.


    “It also helped 19 year-old Kalgoorlie triathlete Anthea Stacey to travel to the World Triathlon Championships, and baseballer Kobi Lowicki, 13, from Pegs Creek in the Pilbara to tour Dubai and Hong Kong as part of a State squad.”


    Athletes who have previously benefitted from a Country Athlete Scholarship include Fremantle Dockers player Anthony Morabito, BMX rider Lauren Reynolds, cyclist Scott Sunderland, basketballer Mark Worthington and golfer Kristie Smith.


            Fact File

    • Scholarship recipients come from all regional areas of WA including Collie, Kojonup, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Broome, Wagin and Carnarvon

    Sport and Recreation Minister’s office - 6552 6100

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500