498 talented athletes receive funding to train and travel
$272,236 granted in the latest round of the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme
Nearly 500 West Australian athletes have received subsidies to help their sporting dreams go one step further, under the State Government's Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme.
Acting Sport and Recreation Minister Colin Holt said the program supported athletes registered with a State Sporting Association and aged between 13 and 21.
Of the 498 successful recipients, 317 were metropolitan athletes who received $144,696 and 181 regional athletes received $127,540.
"This funding goes some way to help young athletes and their families offset the costs of travel to help make their sporting dreams come true," Mr Holt said.
"Regional athletes have an added challenge if they want to train and compete in larger centres. The scheme is part of the State Government's commitment to nurturing up-and-coming athletes and the stars of tomorrow."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said living in regional WA should not exclude young athletes from representative opportunities.
"This will encourage them to remain in their home region, instead of moving to the metropolitan areas to further their sporting careers," Mr Redman said.
"Sport and recreation play a central role in vibrant communities and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing to improve sporting prospects for our young and talented regional athletes."
The four-year $2.75 million Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme is part of the Supporting Community Sport Initiative. A total of $1 million is earmarked for metropolitan athletes and $1.75 million has been invested in regional Western Australia through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
To date, $1,171,000 has been granted to 2,617 athletes in 72 sports.
The next round opens on March 14, 2016 and closes April 15, 2016 for eligible events, with start dates from November 15, 2015-June 15, 2016
The subsidy offsets out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs associated with attending eligible training camps and competitions at a regional, State, national and international level
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700