Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron announced a further $750,000 for the South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) during a visit to their Bunbury offices today.
The State Government and SWAS have signed a funding agreement through to 2016, giving the academy $250,000 per year to help develop athletic talent in the South-West.
Funding will be via the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Regional Talent Development Network which is supported by Royalties for Regions.
“The academy helps young athletes in the region reach their sporting potential,” Mr Waldron said.
“Western Australia’s regional athletes training to represent their State or nation don’t always have access to important services like training and coaching. The athletes working with SWAS show great potential and we’re keen to support them in their quest to train and compete.”
SWAS has been operating since 2008 and their alumni and current crop of athletes include two Olympians, five WA Institute of Sport scholarship holders, 15 athletes competing at national championships, five athletes representing Australia and 35 athletes representing State teams.
Notable past graduates include cricketer Sam Whiteman, BMX rider Lauren Reynolds, Collingwood player Jonathon Marsh and rower Alexandra Hagan. Current individual SWAS athletes include international surfer Jacob Willcox, BMX rider Rachelle Smith, surfer Eliza Greene, canoeist Billie Knell and cyclist Connor Lambert.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was providing $3.6million for Regional Talent Development Network participants across WA.
“It is important for regional athletes to have the same access to training and coaching as their metropolitan counterparts and not have to travel or move to Perth to develop their skills,” Mr Redman said.
SWAS caters for some 70 athletes in AFL, netball, hockey, tennis, and cricket. The academy supports a further 22 athletes via its individual athlete support program across a variety of sports including surfing, cycling, BMX, athletics, swimming and taekwondo.
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