- Funding takes exciting sporting events to regional locations
- $80,000 towards enriching country sport
There will be more opportunities to enjoy sport and recreation in regional Western Australia, with the latest round of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme funding announced.
Eight upcoming events will share in $80,000 of funding through the State Government’s scheme, which supports organisations to deliver international, national or State events and provide access to sport development.
A variety of sport and recreation activities get a guernsey in this round of funding, including orienteering, hockey and football.
Events funded in this round include:
Great Southern Festival of Football ($10,000)
Football West will conduct a week of player, coach, referee and club development opportunities in the Great Southern region (March-April 2019).
Geraldton Wavesailing Nationals 2018 ($10,000)
Windsurfing Western Australia will bring this event to Geraldton. Last held in WA in 2010, this annual event is a knockout style windsurfing competition to be held in December 2018.
Festival of Hockey 2019 Hockey WA Premier League ($10,000)
Hockey WA will mark the rollout of its new strategic plan by showcasing Narrogin as a key hockey centre, staging a men’s and women’s Premier League fixture in May 2019.
2019 Australian Championships in Narrogin ($5,000)
Orienteering WA will conduct two Australian Orienteering Championship events (sprint and middle distance) at Narrogin in April 2019.
Bunbury Geographe Gift ($10,000)
The Bunbury Geographe Gift will bring some of Australia’s most accomplished track athletes to the South-West region. Over a two-day period, it is anticipated that more than 500 athletes will compete in the event in March 2019.
West Coast Fever pre-season event ($15,000)
West Coast Fever 2019 pre-season event versus SSN opposition in Mandurah in March 2019.
Kununurra Event Series ($10,000)
Lake Argyle Swim will use the funding to support three events based in Kununurra; the Lake Argyle Swim, the Ord River Paddle and the Kununurra Adventure Race. The three events will be held between May 2019 and September 2019.
National Fat Bike Championships ($10,000)
Fat Bike Championships Inc. will stage the 2019 National Fat Bike Championships, a mountain biking event held on Cable Beach, Broome in May 2019.
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
“Grants like these help bring world-class sport to regional areas, and for regional kids this might be their first chance to see and be inspired by their sporting heroes.
“If just one person is inspired by these visits to pick up a hockey stick, get on a bike or decide they want to shoot for the stars, then we’ve done our job.
“I am proud that the McGowan Government is providing the means for sport and recreation in country areas to grow.
“These events not only support sport development in regional areas but are big drawcards for economic development and sports tourism in the host region.”