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 2021 through to 2023.

Objectives

The Regional Athlete Support Program is 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.

    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 financial assistance for training and competition e.g. entry fees, gym memberships, travel to training camps, travel to competitions etc.

    Key regional academy partners

    Talent development programs

    • Great Southern Sports Talent Association
    • Broome Sports Association — Regional Talent Development Program
    • Goldfields-Esperance District Recreation Association — Talent Development Program
    • Goldfields — Goldfields Sport Development Foundation
    • Gascoyne Talent Development Program
    • Pilbara Academy of Sport Program
    • Wheatbelt Academy of Sport Program.

    Regional sports associations

    Broome Sports Association

    Mark Hubbard
    Telephone 61 8 9191 4356
    Email president@broomesportsassociation.org
    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

    Natasha Caunt
    Email natashacaunt@gmail.com
    Facebook www.facebook.com/goldfieldssportsdevelopment

    Great Southern Sports Talent Association

    Dinah Gordon 
    Telephone 61 8 9892 0152
    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.pras.net.au

    Pilbara Sports Academy

    Simone Fountain
    Telephone: 0418 232 191
    Email simone.fountain@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

    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 2021-2023.

    Mitchell Hardy
    Director Regional Services — Sport and Recreation
    Telephone 61 8 9492 9632
    Email mitchell.hardy@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
    Page reviewed 15 July 2021