Four WA athletes were today named as VenuesWest brand ambassadors and will highlight the range of world class facilities offered to the state’s elite sporting talent.
Commonwealth Games medallist Nina Kennedy, West Coast Fever captain Courtney Bruce, 2017 World Championship medallist Sarah Edmiston and track cycling young gun Conor Leahy were all announced as VenuesWest ambassadors this morning by the Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Mick Murray.
In making the announcement, Minister Murray said elite sport stars played an influential role in the local community and added that the $5,000 that each will receive as part of the ambassadorial role would be aimed at helping boost their sporting journey’s ahead.
"The Brand Ambassador Program supports four of our best athletes with their training and competition expenses.
"They will help inspire other up and coming sportspeople, as they pursue their dreams of competing on the world stage."
Each of the athletes selected hold an existing connection to one or more of the facilities managed and operated by VenuesWest.
Nina Kennedy has developed her athlete talent through both the WAIS High Performance Service Centre and the WA Athletics Stadium in Mt Claremont.
A former pole vault junior world record holder, Kennedy excelled at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April, winning a famous bronze medal with a best jump of 4.60m.
She is joined as an ambassador by fellow track and field star Sarah Edmiston who is aiming to compete in the F44 Discus at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Edmiston made her Australian Flame debut in 2017 at the World Championships in London. She collected a bronze medal in the final with a best throw of 33.80m.
Courtney Bruce was named captain of the West Coast Fever in 2018 and followed up on that honour by representing the Diamonds at her first Commonwealth Games, where she and the Australian team won a silver medal.
Bruce trains at the WA Netball Centre in Jolimont and wears the green dress of the Fever at home games hosted between HBF Stadium and Perth Arena. At 24, Bruce is considered one the world’s elite defensive circle players.
Conor Leahy represents the latest star in a long line of Western Australian track cycling talent supported through the Midvale SpeedDome. The facility has helped launch the career of track cycling greats such as Ryan Bayley, Cameron Meyer and Sam Welsford.
Leahy said it was an honour to act as brand ambassador for VenuesWest and added that the recent upgrades to the state’s elite velodrome facility had benefitted all of WA’s developing track talent.
The VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program is moving into its second year, following its foundation in 2017, that saw swimmer Brianna Throssell, kayaker Stephen Bird, wheelchair basketballer Amber Merritt and platform diver Nikita Hains successfully fulfil the role.