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

Great Southern Coaches Club presents - WAIS Sports Psychologist - Adrian Schonfeld (26/03/2019 03:26 PM)

Saturday 30th March 2019

4.30pm to 6.00pm

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Final GSSTA Funding for 2017 (15/12/2017 11:14 AM)

Albany Swim Club                                     $5,000.00

David Kerr, Tennis Coach                         $1,000.00

Georgia Crosby, Athlete, Rugby 7s          $1,000.00

Kasey Warren, Athlete, Netball                  607.50


Albany Swim Club has been successful in obtaining GSSTA Regional Association funding of $5,000.00 which will be utilised in their High Performance Program to help develop the next elite crop of competitive swimmers.

Albany Swim Club, Head Coach, Marshall McAleese, advised that this program will utilise a wide range of effective training methods and technology in and out of the water including, dry land training, core strengthening, resistance training and yoga/pilates and these will be utilised to develop and improve specific aspects of their race.  The program will provide sessions on nutrition, strength and conditioning, sports psychology and focus of athlete development.  

Albany Swim Club, Senior Marlins athletes train 6 days per week, either in the pool, attending dry land training, physiotherapy sessions and strength and conditioning training with Kate Minter.

The success of program will be determined by the number of athletes that qualify for the 2018 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships to be held in Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in April 2018.


David Kerr, Tennis - Talent Development Coach has been successful in obtaining GSSTA Coaches funding of $1,000.00 to go towards travel costs to attend the Grand Slam Coaches Conference in Melbourne in January 2018.

Damien Ward Tennis Australia Talent Manager said “David has been awarded Tennis Australia Talent Development Coach for his outstanding work with elite juniors and his involvement with tennis development in Albany has been an instrumental reason why several of its juniors are competing at National Level.  The Conference will give David an opportunity to improve his knowledge in the sport so he can continue to deliver quality coaching services in the Great Southern”.


Georgia Crosby, Athlete, who has been selected in the Western Force Emerging Force Rugby 7s received GSSTA Athlete funding in August to allow her to attend three specialist training sessions per week. Her program is broken up into 3 categories: Speed, Conditioning and Resistance.

GSSTA’s funding will allow Georgia to gain access to Bodycare Gym and Physiotherapy sessions to help her intense developmental program with weight gain (muscle) of 8-10kgs.


Kasey Warren, Athlete, has been selected in the Fever in Time (FIT) Training Academy at the State Netball Centre for Netball WA.  Kasey has been travelling and training in Perth since October with the aim to be selected in the Netball WA State U17s/U19s teams.

GSSTA funds assisted Kasey allowing her to attend local strength and conditioning sessions and a dietician in the Great Southern and this helped reduce the number of times she travelled to Perth.

GSSTA Successful Coaches and Athlete (23/11/2017 01:49 PM)


GSSTA has recently financially supported Oliver Pluckhahn (Athlete) and Rebecca Gleeson (Athletics Coach), Kelly Dominiak (Netball Coach) all from Denmark.


A presentation took place in Denmark at McLean Park on Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 at 4.00pm.


Oliver Pluckhahn (14 yrs old) was successful in his Application for Athlete funding to receive personal trainer sessions to help prepare him for his attendance in the WA State Team that travelled to compete in the 25th International Athletics Championship in Malaysia in July.

Oliver received two session per week at the Denmark Recreation Centre leading up to his championships and this allowed him to maintain his fitness, strength and conditioning.


Rebecca Gleeson was successful in her Application for Coach Financial Support and attended a Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course in Perth in October.

Rebecca advised the course has given her resources to be able to design and deliver training sessions to support and extend some of our more senior athletes, who are already representing WA in their athletics disciplines.

Belinda Ross from Denmark Little Athletics supported the advancement of Rebecca’s coaching accreditations and believes it will ensure our Great Southern athletes are receiving the most up to date athletic coaching techniques and skills.


Kelly Dominiak was successful in her Application for Coach Financial Support and attended a three day Advanced Netball Coaching Accreditation Course in Perth in October designed for coaches who are coaching at representative and state level league.  The course further educated coaches on the analysis of match and individual athlete’s performance, conditioning training, yearly planning and athlete well-being.

Kelly believes the measurement of success as a coach at regional/representative level is to ensure athletes within the Great Southern Netball Region are provided with highly effective programs ensuring athletes can advance with their technical and tactical skill and development into State level programs.


GSSTA Constitution (25/10/2017 01:44 PM)

At the GSSTA AGM on 20th September 2017  a special resolution was moved to accept the amended GSSTA Constitution and for it to be adopted bringing the Constitution into alignment with the new Associations Incorporation Act (2015).