Regional Athlete Support Program

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

Background

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

Objectives

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

Shaya Black
Telephone 0400 569 290
Email bodyarchitecture@y7mail.com
Website www.broomesportsassociation.org

Esperance Talent Development Program

Shane Tobin
Telephone 0418 557 397
Email Shane.tobin@esperance.wa.gov.au

Goldfields Sports Development Foundation

Farley Fewkes
Telephone 0427 399 813
Email Ffewkes1@gmail.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/goldfieldssportsdevelopment

Great Southern Sports Talent Association

Mel Eastough
Telephone 61 8 9892 0100
Email gssta@sportshouse.net.au
Website www.gssta.com.au

Mid West Academy of Sport

Darren Winterbine
Telephone 0487 846 283
Email Darren.winterbine@sportshouse.net.au
Website www.mwaswa.com.au

Peel Regional Academy of Sports

Tracey Van Der Laan
Telephone 0409 267 867
Email tracey.vanderlaan@sportshouse.net.au
Website www.praswa.com.au

Pilbara Sports Academy

Kate Starre
Email Ksta10@yahoo.com

South West Academy of Sport

Bernice Butlion
Telephone 0428 954 504
Email bbutlion@swaswa.com.au
Website www.swaswa.com.au

Wheatbelt Athlete Support Program

Jenifer Collins
Email Jenifer.collins@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
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