Program gives athletes development opportunities

Junior athletes living in the South West are invited to apply to be part of a free program that aims to help participants reach their potential on the sports field.

Applications are now being accepted to the South West Academy of Sport’s Individual Athlete Support Program, with people having until Sunday April 30 to submit a completed application form.

Designed to assist promising young sports men and women make the transition to the next representative level, the program nurtures the development of aspiring athletes by offsetting costs associated with the elite sporting environment.

By providing access to specialist coaches and service providers, the program minimises travel requirements and allows athletes to continue their sporting development within the stability of their regional community during their formative years.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said the program offers a high level of support that is aimed at participants developing a long and rewarding career in sport.

“We’ve seen many outstanding athletes go through this program and are keen to hear from the next crop of potential sports stars,” she said.

“If you are looking to take the next step in their sporting career, we want to hear from you.”

To be eligible to apply for the program, applicants must be aged between 14 and 18, live in the South West, and be excelling in a sport not covered by one of the SWAS partner sport programs of Australian Rules football, hockey and netball.

Successful applicants will receive assistance to access top-tier coaches, specialist training and support services such as sports psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists.

Previous SWAS IASP participants include London and Rio Olympians Alexandra Hagan and Lauren Reynolds, surfer Bronte Macaulay and boxer Nathanial “Cheeky” May.

 To download an application package, which sets out the criteria athletes must meet to apply for the program, visit .

SWAS was established in 2008 to even the playing field for athletes living in the South West region who had previously had to travel to Perth to access high-level training and support services.

It now runs partner sports programs in Australian Rules football, hockey and netball, as well as the Individual Athlete Support Program, and sprint and golf squads.

For more information, contact SWAS on 9795 1783 or .