Leg-up for sport

Elise Van AkenThe Kimberley Echo
Kununurra Gymnastics Club members are put through their paces.
Camera IconKununurra Gymnastics Club members are put through their paces. Credit: Elise Van Aken/The Kimberley Echo

Three East Kimberley sporting groups have been bolstered by thousands of dollars in funding from the government, recognising the high potential of the region’s athletes.

The Kununurra Gymnastics and Kununurra Taekwondo Club were each granted $2500 for mentoring new trainers and the training of coaches, while the Kununurra Soccer Association has also received $2000 for help with travel costs to professional development activities in Perth hosted by Football West.

Derby athletes will also benefit from $5,000 to participate in Athletics West programs as well as an opportunity to travel to Broome to take part in the North West Championships and the Broome Basketball Association will receive $2,000 develop 12 referees as part of the Broome Basketball Carnival.

Kununurra Gymnastics Club president Emma Walker said the funding would enable the club to continue providing quality coaching.

“It means we can keep training our coaches and make sure we are offering the best support we can for our kids,” she said.

“As Kununurra can be a transient community we have people who are with us for a while and then move on, so we need to run training basically annually.

They are among 17 WA groups receiving funds under the latest rounds of the WA Government’s Active Regional Communities grants program and the North-West Travel Subsidy initiative.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said he was pleased the WA Government was able to help athletes living in the regions develop their playing, coaching and officiating skills.

“Some of our best athletes come from regional WA and we should do everything to help them participate more fully and reach their true potential,” he said.

Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer said the effects of the funding would benefit the community outside of the sporting arena.

“We have so many talented athletes in the Kimberley, these grants will allow our athletes and sporting organisations to upskill and better their sporting knowledge,” she said.

“Giving these groups the opportunity to better their professional development will not only benefit their own organisations but the community as a whole.”

The ARC grants program aims to increase opportunities for regional people to participate in sport and recreation activities in regional WA. The NW TS assists young athletes in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.

Both initiatives are administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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