Funds level play­ing field

North West Telegraph - - Sport -

The ATSS pro­vides that lit­tle bit of help to even the play­ing field for coun­try ath­letes. Mick Murray

The trep­i­da­tion of travel for re­gional ath­letes will be a lit­tle less costly af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced al­most $100,000 of fund­ing.

A to­tal of 184 aspiring ath­letes will ben­e­fit from $97,457 pro­vided through the Gov­ern­ment’s Ath­lete Travel Sub­sidy Scheme, which will help with the travel costs to train­ing camps and com­pe­ti­tions.

Ath­letes from a range of sports in­clud­ing surf­ing, polocrosse, cricket, net­ball and bas­ket­ball have been ap­proved for the money.

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Murray said the Ath­lete Travel Sub­sidy Scheme was avail­able to aspiring ath­letes who had pro­gressed into the high-per­for­mance path­way of their cho­sen sport.

“Ath­letes in re­gional ar­eas of Western Aus­tralia face chal­lenges when it comes to at­tend­ing events, com­pe­ti­tions and train­ing camps, with the dis­tance some­times be­ing too much for the fam­ily bud­get,” he said.

“The ATSS pro­vides that lit­tle bit of help to even the play­ing field for coun­try ath­letes aspiring to com­pete with the best.

“Many of Aus­tralia’s top ath­letes have risen through the ranks of grass­roots and ju­nior sport in the re­gions, and we are proud to sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of champions.”

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