Meet­ing hopes to ad­vance push for sports academy

Alpine Observer - - News -

A MEET­ING with state sports of­fi­cials next month hopes to gain fund­ing to es­tab­lish two re­gional academies of sport, one in the North East at Wan­garatta.

The North East and Goul­burn Val­ley ar­eas re­main the only re­gions of Vic­to­ria that re­main fi­nan­cially and struc­turally un­sup­ported by a Re­gional Academy of Sport, mak­ing it it harder for lo­cal emerg­ing ath­letes and coaches to achieve elite suc­cess.

On­go­ing ef­forts by re­gional sports as­sem­blies - Wan­garat­tabased Sport North East and Shep­par­ton’s Val­ley Sports - to gain com­ple­ment­ing academies were raised in state par­lia­ment last week.

Lib­eral MP Wendy Lovell (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) laboured the is­sue and called on the State Gov­ern­ment to com­mit to $1.22 mil­lion over four years to es­tab­lish both academies.

“Be­ing based in both Shep­par­ton and Wan­garatta, the pro­posed academies will elim­i­nate the cur­rent dis­ad­van­tage faced by ath­letes in both the Goul­burn Val­ley and North East and will pro­vide devel­op­ment path­ways from grass­roots to elite sport for lo­cal ath­letes, coaches and sports ad­min­is­tra­tors,” Ms Lovell said.

Sport North East re­gional sports as­sem­bly man­ager, Kerry Strauch said that a meet­ing has now been ar­ranged for early June with the of­fice of Sports Min­is­ter John Eren.

“We’re hope­ful we can make some progress,” she said.

“All 12 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas (coun­cils) in the Hume re­gion are sup­port­ive of our bid.”

Ms Strauch said the academies would also as­sist the devel­op­ment of sports ad­min­is­tra­tors, coaches and of­fi­cials.

“We’re look­ing at help­ing de­velop a much larger ta­lent pool of ath­letes,” she said.

The academies, which have the sup­port of former shadow sports min­is­ter Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley), are likely to of­fer sup­port in the ar­eas of train­ing, fi­nan­cial grants, and other mea­sures.

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