Regional Athlete Support Program

Developing young regionally-based talented athletes and coaches to train and compete in regional WA.


The State Government has previously invested $3 million into talented athletes, coaches and officials in regional areas from 2021 through to 2023.


The Regional Athlete Support Program is a statewide network supporting regional-based talented athletes and coaches which allows athletes to continue their development and progress along the athlete pathway from their home environment.

Key outcomes

  • Support a high quality daily training environment for regional athletes in identified regions in conjunction with the State Sporting Associations and Regional Sporting Associations.
  • Facilitate regional athletes' access to high quality coaching and sport specialist services.
  • Support the access and participation in high level competition for talented regional athletes.
  • To build sustainability of the Regional Talent Development Network through alignment and inclusion in the strategic planning of key regional stakeholders.

    Guiding principles

    • Each region’s talent development needs is identified by various means and verified by State Sporting Associations
    • Stakeholders and local service providers who can be involved in supporting talent development in each region are identified and engaged.
    • A region owned and sustainable entity is established to coordinate talent development.
    • A regional talent development plan is developed.

    Key result areas

    • Support identified State Sporting Associations to develop and implement effective regional talent development operational plans and programs.
    • Lead a coordinated approach to the development of a regional talent development system by engaging key internal and external stakeholders and expertise.
    • Facilitate statewide, across industry regional talent development initiatives that add value to State Sporting Associations and regional talent development operational plans.
    • Support individual athletes through the provision of high-quality training environments with a focus on holistic elements such as strength & conditioning, nutrition, psychology and education.

    Key regional academy partners

    Talent development centres

    • Broome Sports Association — Talent Development Centre
    • Goldfields-Esperance District Recreation Association — Talent Development Centre
    • Eastern Goldfields Sport Development Network
    • Wheatbelt Talent Development Centre
    • Pilbara Talent Development Centre
    • Northern Swimming Academy
    • Basketball — High Performance Regional Athlete Hub.

    Regional Academies and Talent Development Centres

    Broome Sports Association — Talent Development Centre

    Mark Hubbard
    Telephone 61 8 9191 4356

    Eastern Goldfields Talent Development Centre

    Lisa McDowall — Project Coordinator

    Goldfields-Esperance District Recreation Association — Talent Development Centre

    Geoff Poole
    Telephone 0488 714 059

    Great Southern Academy of Sport

    Dani Carne — Executive Officer
    Telephone 0498 759 937

    Mid West Academy of Sport

    Darren Winterbine
    Telephone 0487 846 283

    Peel Regional Academy of Sports

    Chris Wing
    Telephone 0499 702 328

    Pilbara Talent Development Centre

    Toby Cotterell
    Telephone: 9182 2100

    South West Academy of Sport

    Rachel Norman
    Telephone 0457 353 343

    Wheatbelt Talent Development Centre

    Emma Draper
    Telephone 61 8 9690 2400

    More information

    Regional Athlete Support Program funding is allocated over 3 years with the current cycle being 2024 to 2026.

    Rob Perisic
    Senior Project Manager — Regional Athlete Support Program
    Telephone 0455 230 179
    Page reviewed 14 June 2024