SWAS athletes meet Australian sporting heroes

It can seem like a long way to the world’s biggest sporting stages when you’re from a regional area.

But sporting heroes and South West products like three-time Paralympian Brad Scott, Olympian and Commonwealth Games hockey player Jayde Taylor and West Coast Fever netballer Ingrid Colyer are proof that regional athletes can make it to the top.

The trio was part of a group of high-profile sports men and women who recently took the time to encourage up-and-coming athletes from the South West Academy of Sport to pursue their Olympic and Commonwealth dreams.

Other Australian athletes who took part in the Champions 2 Country event at Bunbury’s Hay Park Multi-Sports Pavilion on October 24 were three-time Olympian and sailor Belinda Stowell, Olympic and Commonwealth Games gymnast Olivia Vivian and Commonwealth Games hockey player Trent Mitton.

 

Karridale-raised Ingrid Colyer was part of the SWAS netball program before playing for West Coast Fever and says it has been exciting to watch the academy grow over the years.

“I started in SWAS in its second year and the support it provided me was invaluable to my netball journey,” she said.

“I’m just really excited to see what else it can bring to such a good region of athletes.”

The star netballer offered the following advice to junior athletes working their way through the ranks and aspiring to the highest representative levels.

“Never say no to an opportunity, have a good work ethic and a positive attitude, and opportunity will only come your way,” she said.

The South West leg of the Champions 2 Country Tour was organised by the WA Olympic Council and Commonwealth Games Australia WA Division in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture.

It saw the athletes visit Collie, Bridgetown, Australind, Bunbury and Busselton over three days, from October 24 to 26. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in April next year.