Helping talented and driven coaches to undertake professional development

Coach Support

The Coach Financial Support Scheme (CFSS) helps talented and driven coaches to undertake professional development opportunities to improve their coaching knowledge and skills.

To be eligible for the CFSS coaches must be;

  • Involved with coaching a Regional Talent Development Squad/Program or talented athlete(s) in the Great Southern region
  • Appropriately qualified and accredited coach within your sport

The CFSS is to assist coaches with the costs associated in identified and approved professional development opportunities.

Between $250 and $2000

Thanks to the GSSTA funding I was able to travel to the Gold Coast to attend the 2015 ASCTA Coaches Conference where I spent a week with some of the world�s best current and former coaches and swimming experts. I attended lectures, discussion groups and practical sessions on topics such as sports science, sports specific nutrition, physiology, sport psychology and program planning.

I am implementing changes to my program at the Albany Swimming Club to continue progressing my athletes to elite level.

Without the GSSTA funding this would not have been possible and I am very grateful for their support now and into the future.

Marshall McAleese
Head Coach
Albany Swimming Club
News & Events

GSSTA - Amended date AGM 20TH SEPTEMBER 2017 (08/08/2017)

Great Southern Sports Talent Association "GSSTA" Annual General Meeting has been changed and will now be held on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 5.30pm at Department of Sport and Recreation, 22 Collie Street, Albany.

GSSTA will make special resolution to adopt the attached amended Constitution to bring Constitution into alignment with new Associations Incorporation Act (2015).

All Welcome - please register by email

GSSTA Coaches Club presents Emily Eaton WAIS Sports Dietitian (26/07/2017 12:50 PM)

On Monday, 24th July 2017 GSSTA held a Coaches Club event at the City of Albany Civic Rooms.

Emily Eaton, WAIS Sports Dietitian presented “Fuelling for Peak Performance” to Coaches, Athletes and Parents.  Emily currently works with athletes at WAIS, Western Force and Perth Glory and lectures in nutrition at Edith Cowan University.


Emily covered topics like :-

- Macronutrient needs - Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat

- Training nutrition strategies

- Supplements in sports

- Low energy availability

If you are interested in attending our Coaches Club Events please register by sending an email to



Great Southern Athlete Development Program (24/07/2017 01:47 PM)

On Sunday, 23 July 2017 at Centennial Stadium, City of Albany, Meeting Rooms, 20 GSSTA Athletes, from 10 different sports, continued with their GSSTA Great Southern Athlete Development Program (“GSADP”) by attending their second Face to Face workshop.  GSSTA’s Athletes have had access to two face to face workshops this year, mentoring from WAIS athletes and access to online modules to assist with their sporting journey.


The GSADP is an athlete education program delivered in partnership with Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS).  The second Face to Face Workshop on Nutrition was delivered by Emily Eaton, WAIS Sports Dietitian, and Katherine Downie, Paralympian and WAIS Athlete.


Katherine Downie, Paralympian was part of the face to face workshop and engaged with the athletes and spoke about her experiences.


The athletes have been identified through consultation with various State and Regional State Sporting Associations. 


These athletes will have access to the WAIS Developing Champions program which is designed to assist the development of aspiring young athletes to gain personal development skills with the support of the Personal Excellence (Career, Education, Life skills and Integrity) Program at WAIS and in addition GSSTA have provided the Athletes with extra services including three Exercise Physiologist sessions, through South Coast Sports Medicine.   


GSSTA Successful Athletes (19/07/2017 01:18 PM)

GSSTA has recently financially assisted the following Athletes in the Great Southern Region:

Oliver Pluckhahn            Athletics             Denmark                          

Susann  Ndong’a              Taekwondo       Katanning                          

Nardia  Humphries          Basketball          Albany                               

Narelle  Humphries           Basketball         Albany                              

Henry  Alforque                Basketball          Albany                              

Henrick  Alforque             Basketball          Albany                              

Sophie  Lynch                     Netball               Albany                            


Contact Shelley McDonald if you would like to know more information on the criteria for GSSTA Athlete Financial Assistance on 98920152.