News from the Department highlighting funding, initiatives and projects in the sport and recreation industry.

Creating opportunities for Aboriginal youth

Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

Across February Royal Life Saving Society WA offered an extended Bronze Medallion course for Aboriginal participants from the KOYA Aboriginal Corporation. The course was held at the Swan Park Leisure Centre with the aim of assisting young people develop their skills and open up new work opportunities.

FreeG says yes to flips, kicks and leaps

Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

Gymnastics WA has used a new freestyle gymnastics program called FreeG as a base from which to engage at risk youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Conference brings people and place together

Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

When Sport and Recreation (WA) held their annual conference at the department’s Point Walter campsite, it was the perfect opportunity to connect with the natural environment which started by an amazing and humbling smoking ceremony and welcome to country from two respected Aboriginal elders.

Local kids running for Little Athletics

Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

Nearly 100 children in Kununurra got to experience little athletics for the first time in April when they attended a free community come-and-try event.

Young Aboriginal women pitching home runs

Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

When 20 amazed young women from remote Western Desert communities entered the international standard Perth Softball Stadium in Perth their excitement was palpable.

Trainees meet Minister

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray recently met with four of the recipients of the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Indigenous Sport and Recreation Traineeship.

Flying high at Nickey Winmar Cup

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

Talent spotters were on the lookout when nearly 350 Aboriginal boys from around Western Australia took to the footy field for the annual Nicky Winmar Cup.

Fifth year a charm for Kirby Bentlet Cup

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

With the interest in women’s football on the rise, it’s no surprise that more than 750 spectators turned out to watch the fifth annual Kirby Bentley Cup.

Be a true sport on and off the field

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

True Sport reminds us of the true value that sport brings to our community. It’s about recognizing that the way we play together shapes the way we live together and it’s about realising that the values we learn while playing sport can be used both on and off the field.

Young aspiring netballers in Mandurah

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

Close to 1000 netball players, coaches, volunteers and supporters came together in Mandurah for the 2018 Aboriginal Youth Gala Day.

Hitting a six at national cricket competition

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

Western Australia’s best Aboriginal players finished third in their divisions at the 2018 National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs earlier this year.

Regional water polo tour a taste of potential

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

Over the past year, Water Polo WA has been committed to running regional community programs to spread both the influence and awareness of water polo around Western Australia.

Diving into the northern talent pool

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

A Royal Life Saving Society (RLSSWA) program piloted in South Hedland and Roebourne is helping young girls build water awareness and offering the potential for local jobs.

World number two Roger Federer set to return for Hopman Cup

Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

World number two tennis player, Roger Federer is set to return to Perth to compete in Western Australia's premier tennis tournament, the Mastercard Hopman Cup in 2019.

McGowan Government secures Perth Motorplex for 12 months as buyer sought

Monday 25 Jun 2018

The McGowan Government will continue to run Perth Motorplex for the next 12 months as it seeks a permanent operator to take on the facility.

Regional WA wins big with McGowan Government sport upgrades

Thursday 21 Jun 2018

Country Western Australia is the big winner in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), with the McGowan Government awarding 80 per cent of grant allocations to organisations based in the regions.

Optus Stadium celebrates one millionth visitor as AFL crowds hit national highs

Monday 11 Jun 2018

Optus Stadium welcomed its one millionth visitor ahead of today's Fremantle versus Adelaide AFL clash, as the ground celebrates recording the second-highest average AFL attendance in the country, behind only the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Lifesaving equipment for Scarboro surf club thanks to Lotterywest

Thursday 07 Jun 2018

The Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club will be fitted out with new furniture, equipment and information technology in support of its essential services and beach patrols, thanks to a $300,000 Lotterywest grant.

Dragons compete on Champion Lakes

Friday 01 Jun 2018

Five impressive dragon boats will draw large crowds to the 2018 Chung Wah Dragon Boat Festival at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre this Sunday (June 3).

WA to host Australian masters hockey championships

Wednesday 30 May 2018

The State Government has signed a deal to fund the Australian Women's Masters Hockey Championships later this year, and the Australian Men's Masters Hockey Championships in 2019, with both events being staged at hockey stadiums in Bunbury and Busselton.