Record num­ber in sup­port group

South Western Times - - Sport -

Arecord num­ber of ju­nior fe­male and male ath­letes have been given the chance to take their game to the next level by be­ing part of the South West Academy of Sport’s in­di­vid­ual ath­lete sup­port pro­gram.

Now in its 10th year, SWAS has in­ducted its big­gest ever num­ber of ath­letes into the pro­gram which aims to help young tal­ents from the re­gion take the next step in their sport­ing ca­reers.

For the first time in the decade-long his­tory of the academy an artis­tic skater and mo­tocross rider are among the 21 new and con­tin­u­ing ath­letes who have se­cured a highly-cov­eted spot in the 2018/19 pro­gram.

Ac­cess to high-per­for­mance coach­ing and train­ing as well as ser­vice providers such as sports psy­chol­o­gists, phys­io­ther­a­pists and nu­tri­tion­ists are some of the ben­e­fits the teenage tal­ents will re­ceive over 12 months.

SWAS chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ber­nice But­lion said the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion had a proud his­tory of de­vel­op­ing to­mor­row’s cham­pi­ons, with past par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing BMX cham­pion Lau­ren Reynolds, crick­eter Sam White­man and surfer Bronte Ma­caulay.

“This is a pro­gram that young ath­letes in the South West want to be part of,” But­lion said.

“It’s val­ued by ath­letes and their par­ents, with the re­sults speak­ing for them­selves.

“We’re de­lighted to be part of the in­di­vid­ual jour­neys of promis­ing young sport men and women through of­fer­ing them sup­port in the re­gion they call home.”

SWAS was launched in 2008 to pro­vide as­pir­ing South West ath­letes with ac­cess to ta­lent de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties close to home, help­ing to even the play­ing field be­tween those liv­ing in the re­gion and their peers in the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

As well as the in­di­vid­ual ath­lete sup­port pro­gram, SWAS of­fers part­ner sport pro­grams in Aus­tralian Rules Foot­ball, hockey and netball.

For more in­for­ma­tion about SWAS, visit

2018/2019 SWAS In­di­vid­ual Ath­lete Sup­port Pro­gram: Cooper An­der­ton, Aus­tralind (ath­let­ics), Madi­son Bright, Bun­bury (artis­tic skat­ing), Court­ney But­lion, Bun­bury (soc­cer), Emma Cat­tlin, Yallingup (surf­ing), Ave­land Ceray, Duns­bor­ough (ath­let­ics), Joshua Com­mons, Ea­ton (cy­cling), Shan­non Dal­ton, Leschenault (sail­ing),Will Drew, Aus­tralind (sail­ing), Mathew Fabry, Har­vey (mo­tocross), Ben Hastie, Da­lyellup (cy­cling), Mikayla Ho­ran, Aus­tralind (ath­let­ics), Kyle Lee, Aus­tralind (swim­ming), Noah McA­neny, Burekup (ath­let­ics), Bai­ley Reimers, Bun­bury (ath­let­ics), Dy­lan Rush, Bin­ningup (BMX), Jaxon Sawyer, Da­lyellup (down­hill moun­tain bik­ing), Zeke Tin­ley, Leschenault (triathlon), Ty­lah Van Die­man, Bridgetown (ath­let­ics), Seth Van­haeften, Mar­garet River (surf­ing), Court­land Wood, Bus­sel­ton (cy­cling)

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