Regional Athlete Support Program

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


The State Government invest $3 million into talented athletes, coaches and officials regional areas from 2017 through to 2020.


The Regional Athlete Support Program establishes a statewide network supporting regional-based talented athletes, coaches and officials 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. These include:

  • Regional Development Councils
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Regional Sporting Associations.

Guiding principles

  • Each region’s talent development needs will be 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 region talent development plan is developed.

Key result areas

  • Support identified SSAs to develop and implement effective regional talent development operational plans
  • Lead a coordinated approach to the development of a regional talent development system by engaging key internal and external stakeholders
  • Facilitate statewide, across industry regional talent development initiatives that add value to SSAs and regional talent development operational plans
  • Support individual athletes through financial assistance for training and competition e.g. entry fees, gym memberships, travel to training camps, travel to competitions etc.

Key regional partners

Talent development programs

  • Broome Regional Talent Development Program
  • Goldfields – Esperance Talent Development Program
  • Goldfields – Kalgoorlie/Boulder Talent Development Program
  • Gascoyne Talent Development Program
  • Pilbara Regional talent Development Program
  • Wheatbelt Athlete Support Program

Regional sports associations

Broome Sports Association

Mike Doyle
Telephone 0488 063 639

Esperance Talent Development Program

Shane Tobin
Telephone 0418 557 397

Goldfields Sports Development Foundation

Farley Fewkes
Telephone 0427 399 813

Great Southern Sports Talent Association

Dinah Gordon 
Telephone 61 8 9892 0152

Mid West Academy of Sport

Darren Winterbine
Telephone 0487 846 283

Peel Regional Academy of Sports

Tracey Van Der Laan
Telephone 0409 267 867

Pilbara Sports Academy

Kate Starre

South West Academy of Sport

Bernice Butlion
Telephone 0428 954 504

Wheatbelt Athlete Support Program

Jenifer Collins
Telephone 0419 905 953

More information

Regional Athlete Support Program funding is allocated over three years with the current cycle being 2017-2020.

Philip Gregson

Coordinator Talent Development — Sport and Recreation
Telephone 61 8 9492 9722
Email Philip Gregson

Page reviewed 05 July 2019