Sports in spot­light

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The 2016 City of Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Sports Awards on Fri­day ac­knowl­edged the ded­i­ca­tion of play­ers, coaches, of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers and at­tracted guest speaker Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball leg­end Michele Timms. Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion was sport­ing group of the year.

The first Pil­bara pro­gram for de­vel­op­ing the tal­ents of lo­cal ath­letes has been formed this month, launch­ing with a work­shop de­signed to in­spire them to reach for suc­cess.

The Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation-run Pil­bara Sports Academy held its first re­gional work­shop at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex on Satur­day, Novem­ber 12.

It was at­tended by coaches, par­ents and 23 young ath­letes from eight dif­fer­ent sports in Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land and Pan­na­won­ica who had been iden­ti­fied as among the re­gion’s best in their cho­sen sports.

Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation Pil­bara re­gional man­ager Bren­dan Cul­li­nan said a Pil­bara sports tal­ent de­vel­op­ment pro­gram had been needed for some time, to de­velop lo­cal ath­letes’ skills in their home­towns as much as pos­si­ble be­fore re­quir­ing them to make the move to Perth.

“It’s re­ally iden­ti­fy­ing that within the re­gion there is a lot of tal­ent and ... there are a range of bar­ri­ers that re­gional-based ath­letes have to over­come,” he said. “This is just one way of try­ing to pro­vide that lo­cal sup­port to help as­pir­ing ath­letes achieve their goals.”

The PSA is be­ing funded by Roy­al­ties for Re­gions and will op­er­ate in close con­junc­tion with State sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions as part of the WA-wide sports tal­ent de­vel­op­ment net­work.

Speak­ing at the work­shop were sports psy­chol­o­gist Brian Miller and sports physi­cian Dr Roslyn Car­bon, both of whom have worked with Olympic teams and for the Aus­tralian and Bri­tish In­sti­tutes of Sport, as well as in­ter­na­tion­ally ranked Kar­ratha taek­wondo ath­lete Tahlia Briggs, nu­tri­tion­ist April Butt and phys­io­ther­a­pist Bren­dan Aitkins.

Mr Cul­li­nan said the work­shop speak­ers had been cho­sen to pro­vide an over­all frame­work for young ath­letes to think se­ri­ously about their long-term as­pi­ra­tions in sport.

Dr Car­bon said it was good for young, re­gional West Aus­tralians to hear from high-pro­file sports­peo­ple so they could see suc­cess was “ac­tu­ally achiev­able” with com­mit­ment and “not some neb­u­lous thing that’s never go­ing to hap­pen to them”.

“If we can give them a few point­ers, so that they don’t make ob­vi­ous mis­takes. . . and they give them­selves every chance, then the world’s their oys­ter,” she said.

“They’ve got every chance, as much as some­one who lives in the city.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Dr Roslyn Car­bon, Brian Miller, Tahlia Briggs and Bren­dan Cul­li­nan.

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