Ur­gent busi­ness at cen­tre launch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

IT was ob­vi­ous that Olympic kayaker Alana Ni­cholls had walked through the doors of the new WA In­sti­tute of Sport High Per­for­mance Cen­tre only min­utes be­fore Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett .

The ath­lete thanked Mr Bar­nett for the new fa­cil­ity be­fore ask­ing WAIS ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Steve Lawrence where the bath­rooms were.

The Pre­mier told in­vited guests at the launch that when for­mer Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Terry Wal­dron came to him four years ago with a re­quest for a new spe­cial­ist cen­tre for WAIS, he told him they did not have the fund­ing.

“We have run out of money but we’ve done it,” Mr Bar­nett said.

The keen sports­man re­vealed that he had tried his hand at hockey for the first time in Sin­ga­pore the pre­vi­ous week and “was not par­tic­u­larly good”.

Grant Boyce, of WAIS, Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies and Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett.

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