Young South West talent in the spotlight

They are among some of the South West’s brightest sporting talents.

And they have been officially accepted into the South West Academy of Sport where they will be given access to the support needed to help them achieve their sporting goals.

A special event was held at Maker + Co on Thursday December 17, where teenagers identified as tomorrow’s potential champions were officially welcomed into various academy programs.

Since its establishment in 2008, SWAS has established a proud track record of nurturing up-and-coming talents who have gone on to compete at the highest representative levels including at the Olympic and Commonwealth games.

Some of the superstar athletes who have been part of SWAS over the years include World Surf League competitor Bronte Macaulay, Australian BMX rider Lauren Reynolds, Perth Glory captain Natasha Rigby, Fremantle Docker Connor Blakely and cricketers Sam Whiteman and Chloe Piparo.

A growing list of SWAS athletes are also securing US student-athlete scholarships.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said athletes in the academy were encouraged to be positive role models in their community.

“It takes more than winning on the day,” Butlion said.

“It is about the choices you make.”