Pooled resource a winner
COTTESLOE water polo player Andrew Ford was one of the first athletes to dip his toes in the recovery pools at the new $33.73 million WA Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Centre.
The UWA Torpedoes player, who has held a WAIS scholarship for one-and-a-half years, was among about 30 athletes given the opportunity to test the new facilities at the official opening last Wednesday.
“It’s amazing. It’s pretty exciting to be able to use it in the future,” Ford said.
“It’s a big step up from our previous facility.”
The 19-year-old said the recovery facilities would improve performance, along with having a good training base.
ATHLETES had already made themselves at home in the new WA Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Centre when it was opened last Wednesday.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies and Premier Colin Barnett cut the ribbon, opening the new state-of-the-art facility in Mt Claremont.
The $33.73 million centre includes an indoor javelin-throwing facility, a five-lane runway, conditioning gym and recovery pools. The facility will be the main training hub for WAIS athletes.
“It is a spectacular facility, unrivalled by any other state,” Ms Davies said.
“Completion of the centre is timely as athletes vie for selection to represent Australia in the 2016 Rio Olympics.”
Ms Davies highlighted the centre’s focus on nurturing young athletes with facilities, including a sleep zone, kitchen and study area.
“They will have access to psychologists and nutritionists. Athletes need to live a balanced life,” she said.
Unlike the old building, the centre is fully accessible for paralympic athletes and wheelchair users.
WAIS works with 250 athletes across 11 dedicated sporting programs including cycling, swimming, track and field, gymnastics and hockey.
Ms Davies said the world-class centre “raises the bar” for WA athletes.
This was certainly the case for two polevaulters testing out the indoor throwing facilities.
Describing the centre as “extraordinary,” Mr Barnett said he was impressed with the new hydrotherapy pools. “I’m sure these will be a welcome change for our athletes, who used to conduct recovery sessions in wheelie bins filled with ice,” he said.
Water polo players Dayna O'Leary and Andrew Ford test the new facilities.
Clockwise from top: The new facilities have made a real splash with elite athletes. Hockey player Kate Denning completing an exercise routine. Pole vaulter Nina Kennedy practising.