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The department focuses on creating
environments to increase Aboriginal participation in organised sport and
active recreation. This includes athletes, coaches, officials and administrators
from grassroots programs through to elite competition.
Participation in sport and recreation plays a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities. It provides a range of benefits including increase self esteem, social cohesion, better health and overall wellbeing.
Additional support and funding for programs has been allocated
through a number of sports and associations to support the development
of programs and participants from the local community level, through to
elite athletes. Supporters include:
These key WA football carnivals involves members of the Aboriginal community at all levels including players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The carnivals encourage youth to actively participate in sport and understand how important
support roles are important to run successful teams. They help participants gain skills, play competitively and have the opportunity to be selected for development pathways.
More information about the Nicky Winmar Carnival and Kirby Bentley Cup.
Delivered by Netball WA, this
program increases opportunities for Aboriginal players to progress
through talent pathways from community participation to high performance
athletes, volunteers, coaches and administrators. Grassroots clubs gain
capacity to join mainstream competitions which increases cross-cultural
awareness, skill levels and accreditation opportunities.
The program also partners with Netball WA to run the successful annual NAIDOC Netball Carnival.
Supported by the department, the NAIDOC Netball Carnival
is a highlight of the netball calendar, where teams, officials,
volunteers and spectators come together to celebrate sport, cultural
diversity and friendship.
The 2018 Carnival attracted over 100 teams and 3000 spectators, with
funds raised going to the Aboriginal Grassroots Netball Program and
NAIDOC All-star team.
The NAIDOC Basketball Carnival is an initiative Basketball WA has
developed in partnership with the department. The carnival aims to
support increased participation in playing, coaching and umpiring while
celebrating the significant contribution Aboriginal people have made to
the Western Australian community.
For more information about the NAIDOC Basketball Carnival.
After obtaining conditional consent to use the Burswood site to construct the Optus Stadium,
the State drafted a Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan and Aboriginal Engagement Strategy. Done in consultation with the Whadjuk Working Party this ensures ongoing engagement, management and heritage protocols are adhered to.
The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12 to 18 years. If successful, applicants receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the
cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation endorsed state, national or international sporting champions or a School Sport Australia, State, national
or international championships.
The Australian Sports Commission provides more information on the Local Sporting Champions Program.
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