Sport and Recreation Minister Norman Moore said that almost 50,000 people had benefited from Ansett Australia and Skywest Airlines support of sport and recreation in regional Western Australia.
Mr Moore was speaking at a breakfast to thank the airlines for their on-going sponsorship.
He said that the two companies had formed a strong partnership with the Ministry of Sport and Recreation to promote opportunities for country sports people.
The Ansett Australia Sport Development Program had provided almost $500,000 worth of travel over the past nine years.
This support helped country sports groups throughout the state and benefited close to 50,000 people.
Mr Moore said that the program covered the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields regions.
It supported a range of activities for local clubs, including coaching, officiating, planning workshops, talent development camps, championships/events, State trials and selections, school visits and role model activities.
“As a result of the program, the number of accredited coaches and officials in the country is on the rise, helping to raise the standard of country sport as coaches and officials learn more,” the Minister said.
“More than 3,500 people in the Gascoyne and Mid-West have also benefited from travel assistance from the Skywest Sport Development Program.
“This partnership between Ansett Australia, Skywest and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation demonstrates a commitment to offer regional Western Australians every chance to enjoy the opportunities that city dwellers take for granted.
“This sponsorship also complements the Ministry’s Sports Lottery Fund Country Package and enables sports to strengthen their role in country WA.
“Ansett Australia and Skywest share the State Government’s respect for the importance of sport in regional WA - and most importantly share the desire to do something to help.”
Hartley Joynt, Minister’s office: 9321 1444