About the Program

VenuesWest is proud to support Western Australian athletes as they train and compete at the highest possible levels. As part of this commitment, VenuesWest offers a unique opportunity for local high-performance athletes to become a VenuesWest ambassador.

The successful ambassadors for 2021/22 have each received a component of a $40,000 ambassador fund to go towards training and competition expenses. In 2021, four of the state's high performing athletes were selected for the VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, each receiving $8000 to contribute to their sporting expenses. The ambassador program will run for 18 months, officially beginning 1 November 2021 through to 30 June 2023.

Of the 78 Western Australian athletes selected for the Australian Olympic and Paralympic team of the 2020 Tokyo games, six were former VenuesWest Brand Ambassadors; Amber Merritt (wheelchair basketball), Nina Kennedy (athletics pole vault), Nikita Hains (diving), Brianna Throssell (swimming), Zoe Arancini (water polo), and Sarah Edmiston (athletics F44 discus).

 

Meet the current VenuesWest Brand Ambassadors.

Darcee Garbin

Age: 27 years old

Sport: Basketball, Australian National Team - Opals & Australian WNBL - Perth Lynx

Recent Achievements: Champion - Australian WNBL 2015/16, 2017/18, MVP - World University Games 2017, Australian Opals squad for FIBA WWC Qualifying Tournaments 2022.

 

David Bryant

Age: 33 years old

Sport: Para Triathlon

Recent Achievements: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - 7th, Newcastle 2020 OTU Paratriathlon Oceania Championships - 1st . Tasmania 2022 Oceania Cup – 1st

"VenuesWest has provided world class training facilities since I first began my triathlon career back in 2007. Fast track to 2021, post Tokyo Paralympics, it is very fitting that I join the team as an ambassador for the wonderful environment VenuesWest provides to produce world class athletes."

 

Robyn Lambird

Age: 24 years old

Sport: Para Athletics

Recent Achievements: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Bronze Medalist in Wheelchair Racing (first ever non-binary Paralympics medalist)

"I'm so grateful to be a part of the VenuesWest Ambassador program. The financial assistance received will aid in the purchase of vital equipment such as tyres and other racing chair components, as well as supporting access to high level international competition ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham." 

 

Tamsin Cook

Age: 23 years old

Sport: Swimming

Recent Achievements: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Bronze Medalist in the Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay (heat swimmer), Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Silver Medalist in the Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle relay)

"Being selected for the VenuesWest Ambassador Program was a huge honour for me, having used VenuesWest facilities for over 10 years and for two Olympic Preparations. Recently, support from the Ambassador Program has allowed me to travel and compete in key domestic meets in preparation for a busy year of international racing with the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, both taking place in 2022. These competitions are seen as integral steppingstones on the path to Paris 2024. The VenuesWest team truly understands the demands of being an elite athlete and through the Ambassador Program have committed to helping West Australian athletes, like myself, achieve our highest potential. I am incredibly proud to be an Ambassador, and love being able to represent the WA sporting community through my partnership with VenuesWest."