WA set to strengthen sporting ties with Asia

18 January 2019
A new $500,000 fund to promote Western Australia as a sports event and training hub for Asia is set to forge stronger tourism and trade ties between the State and our northern neighbours.
  • $500,000 Asian Sport Strategy to develop closer ties and boost jobs, local events, tourism and international education.
  • Swimming WA kicks off program this week, welcoming Japanese swim team to Perth.

The Asian Sport Strategy will fund Western Australia's State Sporting Associations to better engage with overseas teams and encourage their use of WA as an offshore base for training and competitions.

The program will encourage local sporting associations to forge closer links for the benefit of local athletes and their Asian counterparts.

Swimming WA is the program's first successful applicant — this week welcoming the Japanese swim team to Perth — as it kicks off a two-year plan to utilise the State's excellence in the sport to build greater partnerships with Japan, China, Indonesia and India.

The Swimming WA program will involve training and development opportunities with the WA Institute of Sport, swimming scholarships for international students, a swimming instructor exchange program and continued delivery of the Indian Ocean All Stars Meet.

The funding program will also help strengthen broader ties between WA and Asia by encouraging increased local visitation, stronger engagement in international education and better trade links within the region.