Funds level playing field
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.”