The Gascoyne has a diverse range of recreational activities.

The region offers a diverse range of both active and passive recreational activities. The superb climate, hot summer and warm winter combined with the natural attractions of the region are enticing for outdoor recreation. Popular activities include surfing, kite boarding, fishing, camping, day outings and boating.

Unleash your inner Olympian

Jul 30, 2021, 13:40 PM by Geoff White
Primary school children are being encouraged to let out their inner hero as part of the Olympics Unleashed program.

The program takes Olympians and aspiring Olympians into classrooms and communities to inspire and motivate youth to be their best selves, with a specific focus on resilience and goal setting.

Olympics Unleashed was supported by DLGSC through a $40,000 Regional Servicing Grant. The program has been developed by the Australian Olympic Committee with the DLGSC and the Department of Education.

Local schools have received visits from sports heroes such as Olympic basketballers Natalie Burton and four-time Olympian Andrew Vlahov, and pole vaulter Nina Kennedy.

“As a future Olympian — these kids are so young and dreaming and it’s important to inspire them to reach for their goals,” says Nina, who has been chosen for the Tokyo team. Earlier this year, the Perth athlete broke the Australian pole-vaulting record. 

Nina said even if the kids weren’t aspiring to be Olympians, she hoped the visits inspired them to strive as hard for other goals and to understand the importance of goal setting and teamwork.

The 2021 pilot program will target 57 individual schools across WA. Each school receives at least one face-to-face and one online session, which are delivered by current or former Olympians within the school curriculum and facilitated by community engagement sessions.

More than 2000 students engaged with the program in Term 2 during 22 individual school visits. In regional WA, the Olympics Unleashed team visited the Pilbara (Newman, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Karratha), Goldfields (Menzies, Leonora, Laverton, Leinster and Esperance) and Kimberley (Broome, Ardyaloon/One Arm Point, Mowanjum Community and Fitzroy Crossing).

The Term 3 program will include visits to Geraldton (coinciding with the Olympics Live site), South West (Collie, Bunbury, Dunsborough), Wheatbelt (Dowerin, Wongan Hills, Koorda, Moorine Rock, Narrogin, Kellerberrin and Northam) and Exmouth.

For updates on Olympics Unleashed in your area, follow the department’s regional offices on social media.

Olympics Unleashed

Regional stakeholders

The department works closely with a range of stakeholders in the Gascoyne region. These include local governments, the Gascoyne Development Commission, State Government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

Local governments in the Gascoyne

Contact the Gascoyne office

Gascoyne office

15 Stuart Street, Carnarvon WA 6701
PO Box 140, Carnarvon WA 6701
Telephone 61 8 9941 0900
Mobile 0414 606 701

Gascoyne staff

Angele Gray
Regional Manager Mid West and Gascoyne
Telephone 61 8 9956 2173
Mobile 0459 811 514
Email Angele Gray

Benita Donda
Regional Officer
Telephone 61 8 9941 0900
Mobile 0414 606 701
Email Benita Donda

Gascoyne Sportshouse

Within the Gascoyne Sportshouse there are development officers for netball and Australian Rules Football. These officers play an important role in developing and growing the sport within the region and work in close partnership with the department.

Gascoyne Football Association

PO Box 85 Carnarvon WA 6701
Email Gascoyne Football Association

Stephen Michael Foundation

Tessa Daly
Gascoyne Program Coordinator
Mobile 0417 720 176
Email Tessa Daly

Page reviewed 13 October 2021