MWAS Launch

The inaugral scholarships were awarded to 17 athletes, six coaches and one official from nine different sports. 

WATCH the GWN7 News story about the MWAS launch.

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.