Great Southern Sports Talent Association Objectives

Help selected athletes and coaches in the region progress from sub-elite to elite level within their appropriate high performance pathway.

Identify opportunities to promote, educate and financially assist talented athletes and coaches throughout the region.

Support the development and coordination of courses and seminars aimed at talented athletes and coaches within the region.

Advise and assist sporting associations in implementing high performance pathways.

Identify key regional stakeholders and consistently work in partnership with them.

Sponsored by:

Sponsored by the Albany, Mt Barker & Tambellup Cranbrook Community Banks

Funded by:

Funded by Department of Sport and Recreation and Royalties for Regions
Funded by Department of Sport and Recreation and Royalties for Regions


Athlete Support

Athlete Financial Support Scheme (AFSS) helps talented athletes to improve their daily training environment

Coach Support

The Coach Financial Support Scheme (CFSS) helps talented and driven coaches to undertake professional development opportunities

Regional Program Support

The Regional Association Financial Support Scheme (RAFSS) is to enhance regional talent development programs

News & Events

Ric Charlesworth Coaches Club Event (22/06/2017 11:16 AM)

GSSTA latest Coaches Club Event was held on Tuesday, 13th June 2017 at Centennial Stadium where Ric Charlesworth discussed "How to Get to the Next Level" to over 120 attendees.

RicCharlesworth AO, anAustralian representative in hockey, formerCaptain of Australian Hockey Team, Western Australian State Hockey and CricketTeams, WestAustralian state cricketer, Coachat several Olympics for Hockeyroos,       Assistantcoach at the Fremantle Dockers, Coachof High Performance programs both in Australia and overseas in cricket andhockey, Doctorof Medicine, previouslybeen a member of the Federal Parliament, Author,Mentor and Motivational Speaker

Ric discussed with Athletes, Coaches and Parents to be a success a player needs to be:

  • Smart, healthy, diligent, skilled and resilient but especially "be a learner"

Albany Boardriders (30/05/2017 03:52 PM)


The Albany Boardriders has been successful in their second Regional Association GSSTA funding of $5,000.00 to be utilised in their High Performance Surfing Program for their athletes to obtain strength and conditioning services, gym and pool access.

The Albany Boardriders have been long time members of Surfing WA and facilitate elite surfers from all over the Great Southern Region in their development many of whom participate in the Surfing WA High Performance Pathways.

The five month training program will prepare surfers for State and National Competitions.

Tom Dickson, Sport Development Manager, Surfing WA advised that the Albany Boardriders form a major part of the states clubs and high performance network and currently have a rapidly expanding talent base of junior surfers of which a large number compete at both state and national level with members embarking on a national title campaign with the Western Australian State Team.

Tom believes the depth and success of junior surfers from the Great Southern Region can largely be attributed to the high level of training and coaching provided by the club and its coaches.

Kate Minter, the Surfing WA preferred trainer, covers the strength and conditioning components of the program and Adrian Shepherd, Level 2 High Performance Surf Coach will provide coaching to approx. 16 surfers in the program.

Lower Great Southern Hockey Association ("LGSHA") (03/05/2017 02:56 PM)

The LowerGreat Southern Hockey Association (“LGSHA”) has been successful in their secondRegional Association GSSTA funding of $5,000.00 to be utilised in their LowerGreat Southern Talented Athlete Program (“TAP”) established in 2016 with thefinancial assistance of GSSTA.


TheLGSHA will expand their program this year with the financial assistance ofGSSTA by adding an extra session of regular game play to develop strategy andtactics, engaging local supplier “Sustainable Motion” to develop player bodystrength and awareness.


SustainableMotion specialise in Human Movement, with the focus on Sport SpecificTraining/Coaching and Injury Prevention, educating the community on how tomaintain sustainability throughout not only their sporting/fitness/coachingcareers, but to maintain this for life.


BevieCollier Owner of Sustainable Motion believes this style of training will leaveeach athlete feeling worked with an added feeling of freedom throughout theirbodies, with the added benefit of improving cognitive function to start theirschool day.


LGSHACoaching Co-ordinator Adam Scott advised that we hope to bring specialistcoaches to the region and develop our players and our local coaches and furtherdevelop our athletes that have already obtained State recognition.

Marshall McAleese Swimming Coach (03/05/2017 02:47 PM)

MarshallMcAleese, from Mount Barker has been successful in his GSSTA Application forCoach Financial Support in the sum of $2,000.00 to assist him to attend the ASCTAConvention 2017 in the Gold Coast in April.


TheASCTA Convention is an annual international conference and Marshall will beattending workshops covering:


·        Coaching Open Water Swimmers

·        Physiotherapy essentials for Swimmers

·        Physiology and Training for Peak Fitness

·        Nutrition for long term Athlete Development

·        Performance Race Modelling and Preparation

·        Stroke Development Through Drills and PracticalApplication

·        Transitioning age group athletes to open competition


Marshalladvised that this will be the third time he has attended the Convention, and itwill accrue credits to maintain his Silver Licence accreditation and each timehas been able to implement significant changes into his local programs whichhas resulted in local athletes achieving fantastic results at both state andnational level.


NolaOsborne, Swim Coordinator Great Southern Region of Swimming WA advised thatMarshall holds the nationally recognised Swim Australia Silver Licence coachingaccreditation and is committed to providing his athletes with the best possiblelearning, training, and competition experiences.


Marshallis the Head Coach of Albany Swim Club coaching a team of 20 athletes rangingfrom 10 to 18 years and travels within the Great Southern Region to coach atother swim clubs to help these other regions strengthen their swimmers andcoaches.


Marshall had the opportunity to gain information and knowledge at the Conference from Jacco van Haeren (Australian Olympic Head Coach)Jamie Salter (Australian High Performance Manager) and GlennBeringen (Australian Youth Development and Transition Coach)