392 athletes receive travel grants
$2.75 million over next four years to support young WA athletes
Supporting athletes to compete at regional, State, national and international levels
Talented Western Australian athletes can realise their sporting dreams with the announcement of the recipients of the latest round of the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme.
The State Government scheme, which supports talented athletes to attend training camps and compete at regional, State, national and international levels, has moved into its second year of funding as part of the Supporting Community Sport Initiative.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the scheme was designed to ease the financial burden on families with young athletes aspiring to represent WA and ultimately Australia.
“Young athletes pursuing their sporting dreams are also unofficial ambassadors for encouraging others to live stronger, healthier, happier and active lives,” Mr Waldron said.
In this round, 191 regional athletes will receive subsidies totalling $128,238 and 201 metropolitan athletes will receive grants totalling $96,625.
“Participating in sport and recreation has numerous benefits for health and wellbeing and this scheme means there’s more support for people taking part across the State,” Mr Waldron said.
The State Government has allocated $2.75 million over four years to offset out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs for attending training camps and competitions at regional, State, national and international levels.
This includes $1 million for metropolitan athletes, and $1.75 million for athletes in regional WA through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was important to give talented young people representative opportunities regardless of where they lived.
“I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions is helping improve opportunities for regional athletes and encourage the next generation of athletes, since sport and recreation plays a central role in vibrant and sustainable communities,” Mr Redman said.
The next round of funding opens December 16, 2014 and closes on January 23, 2015
The scheme is for athletes aged 13 to 21
Sports covered include netball, yachting, touch football, gymnastics, football, polocrosse, squash, golf, roller sports, hockey, cycling, orienteering and surf life saving
Sport and Recreation Minister’s office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700