Perth sports ambassadors spread the venue love

VenuesWest Brand ambassadors (l-r) Courtney Bruce, Conor Kennedy and Sarah Edmiston. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
VenuesWest Brand ambassadors (l-r) Courtney Bruce, Conor Kennedy and Sarah Edmiston. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

TOP WA sports people from Peppermint Grove, Osborne Park, Secret Harbour and Marangaroo are the 2018 VenuesWest ambassadors announced at HBF Stadium in Mount Claremont yesterday.

“They’re athletes all working very hard, and who often don’t see much reward, other than achieving their personal goals,” Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said.

In its second year, the State Government-backed ambassadorships highlight the roles played in developing elite sportswomen and men at performance facilities in WA.

Each ambassador gets $5000 for training and travel expenses as they aim to represent Australia in competition.

West Coast Fever netball captain and Osborne Park resident Courtney Bruce (24) said she would use her ambassadorship to promote the places which have supported her, including HBF Stadium and Perth Arena, at which she has trained since aged 16.

Marangaroo discus thrower Sarah Edmiston (42) won a bronze medal at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships and is training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“I want to use this ambassador position to become a great role model for young athletes,” Ms Edmiston said.

Secret Harbour track cyclist Conor Leahy (19), who competes at his sport’s SpeedDome and trains at the WAIS High Performance Service Centre in Floreat said he would use his ambassadorship get more children into athletics.

Pole vaulter and Peppermint Grove resident Nina Kennedy (21) was competing in London.