Golf the latest sport to become part of the academy family of programs

The South West Academy of Sport continues to offer new ways for junior athletes to develop their skills, with the organisation introducing a golf squad to its raft of talent development programs.

A partnership between SWAS and Golf WA, the new squad will give the region’s next generation of potential golf stars the chance to fine-tune their skills on the green.

Participants will have access to top coaches, and take part in training and master classes designed to set the young sports men and women up for long and rewarding careers in sport.

Funding will also be provided to the up-and-coming golfers for travel and coaching.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said the new group aimed to help participants reach the next level in their sport.

“The program is very new and we are hoping that the numbers will expand in the near future providing opportunities for young aspiring golfers, both male and female,” she said.

Teenagers need to meet a set of criteria in order to be considered for entry into the squad, which forms part of a pathway to higher representative levels in the sport including possible selection to junior state teams.

Former LPGA tour player Shani Waugh is one of several SWAS golf squad coaches and said the squad would give young golfers in the region something to strive for.

“The service that SWAS provides is really important because every top golfer is getting that support, so why not those in the South West,” she said.

“If we can keep golfers in the South West and still provide them with an elite environment, that’s a win.”

SWAS is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to even the playing field between junior South West athletes and their peers in the Perth metropolitan area by providing high performance programs and talent development opportunities in the region.

In addition to a golf squad, the academy also runs a sprint squad plus partner sport programs in Australian Rules football, hockey and netball. An individual athlete support program caters for those excelling at a sport not covered by the partner programs.

SWAS athletes also have access to support services such as sports psychology, nutrition and physiotherapy.

For more information about SWAS, visit www.swaswa.com.au or phone 9795 1783.