Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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