Regional sport is the winner after the Liberal National Government today announced $5.7 million to support regional athletes, coaches and officials.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the four-year funding program would help regional athletes achieve their best.
"This funding enables talented athletes to train and stay in their community as they advance along the talent pathway," Ms Davies said.
"It also makes sure local coaches and officials are able to support regional athletes in their home environment by providing them with leadership skills, education, training, and support services."
Regional athletes have, despite the challenge of distance, long excelled on the national and international stage. This funding supports the Regional Athlete Support Program, which offers athletes and their families the opportunity to continue their development with the appropriate financial, coaching and sport science support.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investment in regional sport was essential to help build stronger and more vibrant regional communities.
"This Royalties for Regions investment ensures all West Australians have access to quality sport and recreation opportunities," Mr Redman said.
"It also helps keep talented young people in regional Western Australia with their families."
The Regional Athlete Support Program is administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Regional Athlete Support Program money supports the South West Academy of Sport, Mid West Academy of Sport, Peel Regional Academy of Sports, West Kimberley Regional Talent Development Program, Wheatbelt Athlete Support Program, Kalgoorlie Regional Talent Development Program, Esperance Regional Talent Development Program, Great Southern Sports Talent Association and Pilbara Sports Academy
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700