The inaugral scholarships were awarded to 17 athletes, six coaches and one official from nine different sports.
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Athletes on Scholarship
Athletics (Javelin) - Nickeisha Hodder
Basketball - Alex Ducas and Emma Burke
Cricket - Phoebe Vlahov
Hockey - Mikaila Watson, Josh Bowen and Brayden King
Mountain Biking - Jonty Calder
Netball - Clare Gee
Polocrosse - Kacie Crabb and Mitchell Tiver
Squash - Siarna Gaudio, Theo Bennett, Jack Osborn and Angus Dufour
Swimming - Brianna Short and Lauren McGrath
Coaches on Scholarship
Swimming - Angela Delaurentis
Netball - Leanne Fiorenza
Baksetball - Aaron Ducas and Mark Heron
Squash - Mike Dufour
Cricket - Steven Broberg
Official on Scholarship
Swimming - Nick Short
Photo by: Taylor Courtland, Geraldton Guardian
MWAS would like to thank it's funding agencies and sponsors who have enabled MWAS to open, including:
- Royalties for Regions and the Department of Sport and Recreation
- City of Greater Geraldton
- Mid West Sports Federation
- SportsPower Geraldton
- Geraldton Community Bank - Branch of Bendigo Bank
- Media Partners - Geraldton Guardian, Spirit Radio & WAFM
- Geraldton Toyota
- The Mid West Development Commission was a major funding partner for the establishment phase.
The establishment of MWAS was led by the Mid West Sports Federation from concept to reality.
The athletes will be provided with services such as sports science, nutrition, coaching, sports psychology and other forms of athlete education. Coaches on scholarship will be developed through the Coaching Effectiveness Program which aims to develop the many different skills and attributes that coaches require in order to retain and develop athletes to their potential.
Our official on scholarship will be supported to develop and implement a professional development plan.
The MWAS is also now calling for applications for an additional 14 coaches to receive ongoing development through the MWAS Coaching Effectiveness Program. The Coaching Effectiveness Program will influence hundreds of people throughout the sporting community and this will likely expand the number of athletes reaching the MWAS level in the future.