MEDIA RELEASE MIA ZOU - GSSTA FIRST SUCCESSFUL ATHLETE
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.