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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@sportshouse.net.au

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald | Show PDF File


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 gssta@sportshouse.net.au

 

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


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.   

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


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.

 

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


GSSTA Presentations and Mike Stidwell Award (29/06/2017 04:05 PM)

GSSTA held the Mike Stidwell Award and Presentation Night on Wednesday, 14th June 2017 at the Centennial Stadium, Albany.

Guest Speak Ric Charlesworth spoke to the guests and discussed many sports topics and engaged the guests with interesting stories from his sporting adventures as a player and a coach.

Tom Edmunds as MC interviewed local swimming Coach, Marshall McAleese, and discussed how GSSTA and their financial support have assisted him over the last couple of years to gain valuable knowledge as a coach and be able to share this knowledge to help our swimmers in the Great Southern Region.

Kelly Waterhouse with Jill Stidwell presented the Mike Stidwell Award to Tania Wolfe from Katanning. 

There were 7 nominees for this award Tania Wolfe, Andrew (John) Marshall, Norman Hill, Peter Madigan, John Palfrey, Lindsay Stirling and Anne MacKay.

Congratulations Tania Wolfe

 

 

 

 

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


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.

Ric Charlesworth AO, an Australian representative in hockey, former Captain of Australian Hockey Team, Western Australian State Hockey and Cricket Teams, West Australian state cricketer, Coach at several Olympics for Hockeyroos, Assistant coach at the Fremantle Dockers, Coach of High Performance programs both in Australia and overseas in cricket and hockey, Doctor of Medicine, previously been 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"

Skilled: Perfect practice, quality feedback, repetition, experiment and innovate and competition

the Challenge to keep learning, changing and improving...

 

 

For further details contact: Adam Scott 


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.

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


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.

For further details contact: Adam Scott 


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)

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


GSSTA Great Southern Athlete Development Program (30/03/2017 03:41 PM)

Sunday, 26 March 2017 at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre between 10:00am and 2:00pm, 12 GSSTA Athletes, took part in their first session of the GSSTA Great Southern Athlete Development Program (“GSADP”).

22 Great Southern Athletes are taking part in our Program from 10 different sports.

These Athletes will have access to two face to face workshops each 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 first Face to Face Workshop and Education session was delivered by local presenter, Kim Buttfield, Sport and Recreation Consultant, Kim Buttfield Consulting and Amanda Schonfeld, Athlete Education Officer from WAIS and Brant Garvey, Paralympian and WAIS Athlete.

Brant Garvey, Paralympian and Professional Speaker attended the face to face workshop and engaged with the athletes and spoke about his experiences.

The athletes have been identified through consultation with various State and Regional State Sporting Associations and 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 will provide the Athletes with extra services including three Exercise Physiologist sessions, through South Coast Sports Medicine.   

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald |


Gabriela Cannon receives GSSTA Athlete Funding (15/12/2016 04:45 PM)

Gabriela Cannon, a 15 year old swimmer, from Albany Swimming Club, has qualified to compete in the Age National Championships in 2017 and is a member of the 2016/2017 Swimming WA Performance Pathway – Country Squad.

Gabriela will be competing at

  • State Championships from 19th - 23rd December 2016
  • Country Championships from 6th - 8th January 2017
  • Performance Pathway Clinic in Perth on 9th January 2017.

William Rollo, Performance Pathways Officer, Swimming WA believes that the GSSTA support will provide benefit to Gabriela allowing her to train and compete at a level required to perform at her personal best on a National level.

GSSTA’s grant of $600.00 will assist Gabriela to have access to a Sports Psychologist to assess psychological barriers to optimal performance and learn strategies to manage competing in competition environments.

Marshall McAlesse, Head Coach, Albany Swimming Club advised that Gabriela is a member of the Marlins Training Squad and undertakes the full training program with the goal of qualifying and competing at Age National Championships in 2017 and has the physical capability to achieve National qualifying times.

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


Eleanor Barnett GSSTA Athlete Financial Support Scheme (29/11/2016 11:06 AM)

Eleanor Barnett is a 13 year old athlete from Albany who has represented Western Australia at the 2016 Australian Junior Athletics Championships as part of the WA Team and competed in the 400m and 800m events and this has resulted in her being selected in Athletics WA Talent ID Squad.

Eleanor is planning to compete in the 2017 Australian Junior Athletics Championships which are held in Sydney next March.

Athletics WA supports Eleanor and acknowledges the GSSTA grant of $1,000.00 will enable her to continue her development while still residing in the Great Southern and provide the services that will help her TID Squad training and the achievement of her national championships goal.

GSSTA’s grant will assist Eleanor to gain gym membership and attend a Sustainable Motion Program in Albany.

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


GSSTA Great Southern Coaches Club presents Jon Pitts (03/11/2016 02:00 PM)

GSSTA Great Southern Coaches Club held its last Coaches event for this year at the ACCI Conference Room on Wednesday, 2nd November 2016.

Jon Pitts presented to the Coaches Club "Switching on the Lightbulb in your players".

Jon touched on topics such as the power of self awareness,  importance of skill acquisition, balance and stability, dealing with Anxiety and how the player/coach can work on Perform, Review, Reflect and Prepare.

 

For further details contact:  


GSSTA and Jon Pitts present an Athlete and Parent Session at Dog Rock Convention Centre (03/11/2016 01:47 PM)

GSSTA Athlete and Parent Session with Jon Pitts on Monday, 31st October 2016 at Dog Rock Convention Centre

Jon Pitts presented to a group of Althetes and parents from many sports including AFL, Cricket, Surfing, Hockey, Equestrian, Soccer (Football) and Athletics.

Jon discussed the  Coach, Parent and Athlete Triangle and how to maintain perspective and avoid tunnel vision, psychology of winning and losing and am I good enough?

 

For further details contact:  


JON PITTS HUMAN PERFORMANCE COACH (25/10/2016 03:38 PM)

GSSTA PRESENTS JON PITTS

ATHLETE AND PARENT SESSION 31/10/16

AND 

GS COACHES CLUB EVENT 2/11/16 

 

Jon Pitts

· Is an expert in elite performance coaching

· Offers solutions in sport and business to stay ahead of the curve

· Understands what it takes to nurture potential and achieve results in the toughest arenas

· Develops skill acquisition programs for players and clubs

· Maximizes human capital and creates a high performance culture

 

For further details contact:  


Presentation to Jenny Cristinelli (21/10/2016 02:07 PM)

Jenny Cristinelli, from Tambellup has been successful in her GSSTA Application for Coach Financial Support in the sum of $1,380.00 to assist her to attend the Advanced Netball Accreditation Course commencing on 16th October 2016 and is held over two weekends.

The Advanced Coaching Course is a Netball Australia accredited course aimed at educating and developing coaches in advanced coaching principles and practices as well as netball skills.  This course forms part of the National Coaching Framework. This accreditation is a Netball WA requirement for future Head Coaches within Regions throughout the State.  Jenny will become the second Advanced Accredited Coach in the Great Southern region.

The purpose of the Advanced Coaching Course is to enable the next level of coaching to be delivered regionally.

 

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GSSTA (13/10/2016 10:51 AM)

Great Southern Sports Talent Association (“GSSTA”) will be holding their AGM on Tuesday, 8th November 2016 at 4.30pm at Department of Sport and Recreation, 22 Collie Street, Albany.

Nominations are open for one board member position on the GSSTA Management Committee.

For further information contact Shelley McDonald, Executive Support, GSSTA on 98920152

or Email: gssta@sportshouse.net.au

Webpage: www.gssta.com.au

 

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


GSSTA Great Southern Coaches Club Breakfast on the Couch with a Sports Psychologist (21/07/2016 06:35 PM)

 

Sports Psychologist, Adrian Schonfeld was a guest speaker at the Great Southern Coaches Club breakfast held on Tuesday 5 July, hosted by the Great Southern Sports Talent Association.  Adrian is a Director of Three Spires Performance Consulting and a current Sport Psychologist with Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS).

He shared his knowledge and skills with coaches from all disciplines and sports on how to incorporate a mental training program into pre-season training with athletes. 

Adrian has supported summer and winter Olympic athletes from Western Australia on their journey to qualify, perform and recover from the games.  He is currently assisting with final preparations for the athletes that will be competing in Rio Olympics.

According to Darrel Panizza, Chairperson of GSSTA “It is great for our region and our coaches, of all levels to be able to gain an insight into what it takes to support a high performance athlete.  Coaches and parents play an important support role and we look forward to gaining some tips and ideas to how we can continue to play our part. We bat above our weight with our talent pool and it is great to be able to support events like this.’

Adrian Schonfeld also delivered a short Mental Skills Training session to the Great Southern athletes that are part of the WAIS/GSSTA Developing Champions program. The highlight for these athletes will also be a presentation by Brant Garvey, a Great Southern local who is now an Australian para-triathlete, WAIS scholarship holder currently aiming for Rio.   

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


Coaches Club Triple C : Coaches - Clubs - Culture (17/05/2016 01:18 PM)

TRIPLE C: COACHES – CLUBS - CULTURE MEDIA RELEASE

 

GSSTA - Coaches Club Free Event

Wednesday, 1st June 2016 from 6.30 – 8.00pm at ACCI

Registrations essential.

 

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”

Coaches of all levels and codes are invited to the live and learn at the next GS Coaches Club event. 

The GS Coaches Club, coordinated by GSSA, holds 3-4 coaches club forums per year, which provide an opportunity for coaches (of all codes and levels) to come together to learn, network and share experiences.  We have had presentations from WAIS, State Coaches and Assistant Coaches on topics as varied as strength and conditioning training, communication, integrity in sport.

Greg McLennan has over 38 years of experience in sport and recreation policy and planning and Rick Smith is an experienced sports administrator and accomplished public speaker and together they will present TRIPLE C

·What is "club culture"? 

· How to develop a club culture that reflects community values plus "on ground" success

· What role does a coach play in influencing this culture?

· Essential attendance for junior and development coaches 

Contact : Shelley McDonald, Executive Support GSSTA 98920152

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


Great Southern Netball Region Inc (11/04/2016 04:19 PM)

Great Southern Netball Region Inc have been successful in obtaining $1,580.00 from Great Southern Sports Talent Association (“GSSTA”) to assist 6 coaches to attend the 2016 DADRA Professional Development Conference held in Perth on April 2 and 3 hosted by Netball WA.

Great Southern Coaches attending Conference

Kelly Dominiak (Denmark)

Jenny Cristinelli (Katanning)

Sandi Stankovich (Narrogin)

Janine Determes (Albany)

Nannette Steer (Narrogin)

Jean Davis (Albany)

DADRA Coach Professional Development day will include presentations by

Reporting / Off court education    Lyn Pemberton, Former Australian A Team Netball Coach

Performance Psychology            Jodii Maguire, Director Think! Performance Psychology

Generic Court Session               Jill McIntosh, Former Australian Netball Coach and player

Specialist Sessions                   Jill McIntosh, Lyn Pemberton and 

                                                Jo Smith, Game Development Coordinator – Coaching

Strategies Court Session            Jill McIntosh and Lyn Pemberton

Observe West Coast Fever v Adelaide Thunderbirds at HBF Stadium                                 

Post Game Analysis                  Jill McIntosh/ Jo Smith and ANZ Umpires

The measurement of success within the Netball regional academy is the advancement of athletes through this program and into state level programs and for the Great Southern Region to be recognised as one of the strongest netball regions in Western Australia.

The GSSTA was formed to help the Great Southern athletes and coaches progress from sub-elite to elite level within their specific high-performance pathway. It does this by providing up to $1000 for athletes and up to $2000 for coaches.

Funding is also available to support regional talent development programs, through financial assistance to Regional Associations of up to $5000.

The GSSTA is assisted by the Department of Sport and Recreation with funding from Regions for Royalties and sponsorship support from Bendigo Bank.

 

Contacts:          Kelly Dominiak – Great Southern Netball Development Officer – 0417 465 379

                        Rosemary Wolter – Great Southern Netball Administrator – 0419 483 385

                        GSSTA – Shelley McDonald on 98920152.

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


Athlete Development Pilot Programme (22/03/2016 03:48 PM)

On Sunday, 20th March 2016 nine Great Southern Athletes were involved in the GSSTA Athlete Development Pilot Programme.

GSSTA and WAIS partnered to put together a Face to Face workshop where athletes were introduced to the WAIS Developing Champions programme through a presentation by Amanda Schonfeld's from WAIS and Olivia Vivian, Olympic and Commonwealth Games Gymnast.

 

 

For further details contact:  


Coaches Forum (23/02/2016 02:33 PM)

Great Southern Coaches had the opportunity to attend a Coaches Forum with West Coast Fever Head Coach, Stacey Rosman and other West Coast Fever Coaching and Support on Wednesday, 17th February 2016 at the ALAC Meeting Room.

Stacey opened the forum and discussed her coaching journey andhow achieving early success in her first year as a Head Coach has shaped herthinking for 2016.

Q & A session followed:

STACEY ROSMAN :- 

  • An Australian player in the ANZ Championship, playing for the Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever.
  • Retired from netball after the 2009 ANZ Championship season.
  • In 2012, Stacey became the Assistant Coach and High Performance Manager for the West Coast Fever and Netball WA.
  • In 2015, Stacey became the Head Coach of West Coast Fever, the youngest coach in the competition, making her the first person to Captain and Coach an ANZ Championship side.
  • In her first year as Head Coach, the Fever made a maiden appearance in the finals, after eight years in the competition and she was name the ANZ All Stars Coach.

WEST COAST FEVER COACHING AND SUPPORT STAFF 

Tasha Richards – West Coast Fever Assistant Coach and Netball WA High Performance Coach

Nicole Richardson – West Coast Fever Specialist Defence Coach

Michelle Wilkins – WAIS Head Coach and West Coast Fever Specialist Centre Court Coach

Liam Warwick – West Coast Fever Conditioning Coach

Jordan Stares – West Coast Fever Strength Coach

Shane Sullivan – General Manager – West Coast Fever and High Performance

 

 

For further details contact:  |


Three Basketball Athletes receive Athlete Financial Support (16/02/2016 02:02 PM)

9 February 2016

 

MEDIA RELEASE GSSTA SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES

 

The future aspirations of three young Albany basketballers in playing for the state at the Australian Junior Championships has been given a boost by the Great Southern Sports Talent Association (GSSTA).

Keanu Weeden (15), Matthew Leary (16) and John Murray (17) have each received a grant of $1000 to enable them to undertake strength and conditioning sessions under the guidance of a local coach at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre.

Kate Minter will supervise their strength and conditioning program provided and overseen by Basketball WA (BWA) head strength and conditioning coach Adam Wolski.

The young regional athletes will submit a weekly wellness survey to Basketball WA so that their training can be monitored.

They have been taking part in a home training program supervised by Grant Smith overseen by BWA High Performance Manager Brent Coxsedge.

The specialised training is undertaken at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre twice a week and they have attended several training camps over the last four months.

GSSTA chair Darrel Panizza said the young athletes had a great opportunity backed by the extra coaching to reach their full potential and reach  their goal of playing for the state.

“Through the GSSTA we have been helping young elite players achieve their dream with financial assistance” Mr Panizza said.

“The upskilling they receive helps them to reach state programs in their chosen sport”.

“Since the GSSTA began in February 2015, we have also assisted coaches to improve their skills and acquire further qualifications and remain in the region to assist young athletes.”

The Australian Junior Championships bring all states together for competition from U14s through to U20s, with this year’s tournament in Kilsyth, Victoria, from July 2-9.

 

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


MEDIA RELEASE MIA ZOU - GSSTA FIRST SUCCESSFUL ATHLETE (17/12/2015 03:45 PM)

An Albany table tennis player is the first young sportsperson in the region to receive financial support from the Great Southern Sport Talent Association (GSSTA).

Fifteen-year-old Mia Zou, a student at Great Southern Grammar, was selected by the GSSTA committee and the financial support will focus on her physical training program, and additional one-on-one sessions with a coach and ball machine to assist Mia in preparation for Junior State Tournament and National Championships.

The GSSTA was launched in May with the aim of helping the Great Southern’s selected athletes and coaches progress from sub-elite to elite level within their specific high-performance pathway.

This is through financial support to athletes to assist with their additional training needs, and education and opportunities for regional talent coaches.

Up to $1000 for athletes and up to $2000 for coaches will be available through GSSTA.

There will also be funding to support regional talent development programs, through financial assistance to regional associations of up to $5000.

Mia has been competing in regular tournaments in Perth, in preparation for National Junior and Senior Championships later in the year and was selected in the Western Australian Junior State Team to compete in Adelaide in September.

GSSTA committee member Adam Scott said the GSSTA was very happy to be able to support an athlete of Mia’s calibre, with the aim of helping her to reach her goals at state and national table tennis over the coming year.

"She is the first athlete of hopefully many more, we are providing financial support to, and we wish her well with her training," he said.

Mr Scott said nominations were strongly encouraged from athletes who were striving to reach state or national selection in their chosen sport and coaches who aspire to coach at an elite level are also eligible.

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


Keeping our Sports Clean (13/10/2015 01:07 PM)

For sport lovers and active clubs 'the blackest day in Australian Sport' in 2013 will be remembered for opening up the complex issue of inappropriate supplement use across a range of sports.

Previously seen only in the realm of Olympic sports we are now seeing an increase in cases and media profile of compromise and illegal practices such as illicit drug use, supplement taking, gambling and match fixing throughout the sport system at every level.

However, leading sport expert and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Greg McLennan will be challenging local coaches and committee delegates to reflect and consider their own club culture, what is acceptable and the way they can influence young people’s behaviour. He will be using case studies and examples of how clubs and young athletes have been compromised.

Hosted by the Coaches Club, a sub-committee of the Great Southern Sports Talent Association ("GSSTA"), and supported by the City of Albany the Integrity of Sport Workshop is free and held on Monday 19 October from 6.00 – 8.00 pm at the City of Albany Civic Rooms.

According to Greg McLennan "The complexity of integrity issues appear to be increasing at all levels and across all sports. Though they don’t pose an immediate threat to local clubland, it does create an on ground dilemma for local clubs. And if clubs think they are immune, they need to think again."

GSSTA Chairperson, Darrell Panizza said the GSSTA was very keen to support the education and training of Coaches to help improve the overall standard of athlete talent in the Great Southern. Through the Coaches Club we will be presenting a number of workshops and presentations over the next six months.

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald 


Rachael Lynch (10/10/2015 01:05 PM)

Information on the effort and discipline required to make an Olympic hockey player will be passed on to regional coaches at a sports seminar run by Great Southern Sports Talent Association next Sunday, November 8.

Current Hockeyroos goal-keeper Rachael Lynch will be the guest speaker at Albany’s Motel Le Grande.

She will then hold a specialist coaching session with local goal-keepers and participate in an open mass participation coaching clinic for all hockey players at the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association, Barker Road.

Lynch is expected to be accompanied by other Hockeyroos players on her trip to Albany who will also take part in the coaching.

The GSSTA initiative aims to continue the development of all coaches and local hockey players with the hope many will be able to undertake the next step to becoming elite players in the future.

GSSTA chair Darrell Panizza said the seminar was a great opportunity for regional coaches and athletes from all sports to hear about and understand what is required of a top-flight player and how young athletes can best prepare themselves to succeed.

"The GSSTA is already helping young athletes receive specialist support to help them achieve their dream through improving their daily training environments," he said.

The upskilling they receive helps them to reach state programs in their chosen sport.

"Since the GSSTA began, we have also provided assistance to coaches to improve their level of qualification and gain access to professional development."

The coaching seminar, from 8am to 9.30am, is free with registration essential as there is a limited capacity. Breakfast is included.

Lynch made her debut with the Hockeyroos at the Champions Trophy tournament in the Netherlands in 2006.

She has since become a regular feature in the team which will compete at the Rio Olympics next year.

Lynch is being sponsored on her trip to Albany by company Over the Moon Organics.

For further details contact: Shelley McDonald