Western Australian athletes will be receiving a boost with a fundraising Team Appeal ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The State Government has donated $60,000 to start the fund raising drive, with Australian swimmers Brianna Throssell and Tasmin Cook as well as Hockeyroos players, joining Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray to launch the appeal.
A total of 18 sports will be represented at the games including triathlon, swimming, table tennis, netball, hockey, Rugby Sevens and weightlifting.
It will also host the biggest integrated para-sport program in the competition’s history with 38 events across seven sports, including lawn bowls, track cycling, triathlon and athletics.
WA athletes and officials are expected to make up a significant percentage of the final squad.
Mr Murray said it is the best opportunity to support local WA athletes while the team looks to improve its placing in the games.
“Elite athletes all start out at local clubs, so having a strong sporting system and quality infrastructure helps these athletes progress along their pathway,” he said.
“We’re looking to build on the achievements of WA athletes at the 2014 Games where they won 25 medals – 15 gold, seven silver and three bronze,” Mr Murray said.
He said “public interest will intensify as the approach with the Queens Baton Relay” when the baton passes through WA in February 2018.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4-15.