Funding will enable high-level events to be held in the Pilbara, Goldfields, Wheatbelt, Kimberley and Gascoyne regions.
A hockey festival in the Wheatbelt, a community event featuring Commonwealth Games champions, and a wind surfing championship in Carnarvon are just three events that are due to go ahead thanks to the State Government's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.
In all, six initiatives will share $85,000 in funding, including:
- $10,000 to the Broome Barracudas Swimming Club to conduct a WAIS swimming camp in the Kimberley in October 2020, which will include swim clinics for young athletes,
coaching sessions for club coaches and community engagement.
- $20,000 to the Commonwealth Games Australia (WA Division) to stage the Champions 2 Country in the Pilbara in November 2020. The initiative involves Games champions conducting
school visits, coaching clinics and club/community skill clinics.
- $15,000 to help stage the Carnarvon Windfest in January 2021, a windsurfing and kitesurfing event which will attract participants from around Western Australia.
- $22,000 to the West Coast Fever netball club to enable it to play a pre-season event in Kalgoorlie in March 2021
- $10,000 for the WA Hockey Association to stage the Wheatbelt Festival of Hockey in Northam in May 2021, which will include a Premier League hockey match
along with community initiatives to increase participation and capacity-building opportunities.
- $8000 to Netball WA to hold a Netball League match in the Wheatbelt town of Pingelly in July 2021.
Country Sport Enrichment Scheme
The scheme provides support to organisations to deliver high-level events or competitions or provide access to sport development opportunities for regional Western Australia.
It also aims to conduct international, national or State sporting events or competitions in regional Western Australia, as well as utilising elite athletes to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and deliver sport development opportunities
in regional WA.