Apply to be part of support program

Up-and-coming South West athletes wanting to take their game to the next level have an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Olympians and sporting professionals by being part of a specialist program.

The South West Academy of Sport is currently offering positions in its Individual Athlete Support Program, with a limited number of openings available to those excelling in their chosen discipline.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said now was the time for young sports men and women, aged between 15 and 18, to apply to receive the nurturing required to take the next step forward in their sporting careers.

“We aim to provide high-level support so participants can develop as athletes and make the leap into national and international representation,” Butlion said.

“If you want to take your sport to the next level, we will provide you with the tool kit.

“Access to high-performance coaching and training as well as service providers such as sports psychologists, physiotherapists and nutritionists are some of the benefits of being one of our athletes.”

Past program participants include Olympian Alexandra Hagan, surfer Bronte Macaulay, Olympian Lauren Reynolds, boxer Nathaniel May and cricketer Sam Whiteman.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the criteria set out in the application pack. Applications close Monday April 30. SWAS-IASP Application Form 2018.2019 SG

SWAS was established to provide aspiring South West athletes with access to talent development opportunities close to home, helping to even the playing field between those living in the region and their peers in the Perth metropolitan area.

As well as the Individual Athlete Support Program, it offers partner sport programs in Australian Rules football, hockey and netball as well as a golf squad.