Achieving sporting greatness or winning an Olympic medal at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games doesn’t just happen, it requires hard work, dedication and the provision of high-performance training and competition facilities.

West Australian Pole Vaulter Kurtis Marschall reached an important milestone when he jumped the Olympic qualifying height of 5.80m at the Jandakot Airport Track Classic at WA Athletics Stadium last weekend, qualifying him for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

This follows sailor Matt Wearn, who was the first West Australian to be selected to the Australian Olympic Team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

VenuesWest’s CEO David Etherton said VenuesWest’s support on behalf of the WA Government in building the WAIS High Performance Service Centre and their ongoing operational funding commitment allows WA high-performance athletes access to unrivalled facilities, and to train under world class coaches to prepare for the Tokyo Games.

"I am extremely proud of our WA athletes and everything they have achieved. This would not be possible without their hard work, commitment and strong ambition to achieve sporting greatness,” said Mr Etherton

“VenuesWest is there to help them achieve their glory through the provision of world-class high-performance training and competition facilities.”

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“I encourage you to view the video and share this incredible insight into how dreams can turn into reality and how our venues are helping our aspiring athletes achieve,” said Mr Etherton.

Well over a billion dollars has been spent by the State Government in the last five years building new sporting facilities and upgrading existing ones to support high-performance sport in Western Australia.

This includes the $1billion plus investment into the world class Optus Stadium and Sports Park precinct providing unparalleled venue experiences for AFL, rugby and soccer as well as the $33 million investment into the WAIS High Performance Service Centre providing athletes access to unrivalled training facilities and the latest technology in sports science and recovery.

VenuesWest has 18 targeted sports for high performance athletes at its 13 venues. Providing further support, VenuesWest on behalf of the State Government subsidises 76 per cent of the total cost of delivering high performance sport at our venues.

This commitment continues to extend directly to our athletes through the annual injection of capital funds to keep our venues at the top of their game.  The establishment of the VenuesWest Brand Ambassadors Program also provides direct financial support to a small number of aspiring athletes annually.

Helping dreams become a reality is part of the daily regime at the State’s world class venues. One such dream was of a young girl whose vision was to one day swim for Australia and compete in the Olympic Games.

Another aspiring athlete aiming for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games selection is swimmer Brianna Throssell, whose dreams turned into a reality when she competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games.

Spending countless hours training at HBF Stadium and WAIS was an important part of Brianna’s preparation. She was also the recipient of sponsorship towards training and competition expenses through the VenuesWest Ambassador Program.

“I was extremely grateful to be a part of the VenuesWest Ambassador Program throughout 2017. Their generous support has played a role in helping me achieve my sporting goals and provided a platform for me to engage with the wider community,” said Ms Throssell.

VenuesWest delivers world class sport and entertainment experiences across its portfolio of 13 venues and is a proud supporter of Western Australia’s high-performance athletes.

The success of VenuesWest’s commercial activities enables reinvestment back into the venues for the benefit of elite athletes and the community.