Athletes based in the Mid-West will have improved training opportunities closer to home thanks to the establishment of the Mid West Academy of Sport (MWAS).
The MWAS will commence operations in January after receiving $550,000 in State Government Royalties for Regions funding.
The academy will provide top level home training environment for talented Mid-West athletes.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said while the academy was not a physical building - it would bring together training and expertise to provide development scholarships to athletes, coaches and officials.
“The key focus of athlete scholarships will be on providing sports science, athlete education and a high level of coaching close to home,” Mr Waldron said.
“The money will go towards improving the skills and knowledge of coaches and officials, which will spread down to the grassroots level. I’m confident this will increase the number of elite athletes coming out of the Mid-West over time.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the establishment of the academy would significantly reduce the need for athletes to travel to Perth or elsewhere to receive essential services. Coaches and officials would also be able to increase development opportunities.
“The academy will help improve the performance of high-performing athletes in the Mid-West and further develop sporting talent,” Mr Grylls said.
“It follows the establishment of the South West Academy of Sport in September 2008, which has been successful in producing world-class athletes.”
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