CENTRE TO HONE SPORTING EDGE
THE days of filling wheelie bins with ice for recovery are over for WA’s top athletes. Until now, our athletes have had to rely on their natural talent, coaches and renowned sports programs to succeed. However, last week’s opening of the WA Institute of Sport High Performance Centre will give them an edge; maybe even add a year or two on to their careers. Moreover, it’s all in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics. For the next year, West Australian athletes will be wearing out the runway of the indoor pole vault facility, sweating it out in the new gym, revelling in the water of the recovery pools and cooking up a (healthy) storm in the communal kitchen of the Mt Claremont centre. With this facility comes pressure – the pressure to succeed. There can be no excuses. Let us make it $33.73 million well spent and add some Olympic gold to the walls of the freshly painted building. It would certainly put a smile on the face of the late Wally Foreman, the inaugural director of WA Institute of Sport .
Denise S. Cahill - Editor