A new $500,000 fund to promote Western Australia as a sports event and training hub for Asia has been launched. The fund is intended to forge stronger tourism and trade ties between the State, Japan, China Indonesia and India.
The Asian Sport Strategy will fund Western Australia's State Sporting Associations to better engage with overseas teams and encourage their use of WA as an offshore base for training and competitions. Swimming WA is the program's first successful applicant - this week welcoming the Japanese swim team to Perth.
The Swimming WA program will involve training and development opportunities with the WA Institute of Sport, swimming scholarships for international students, a swimming instructor exchange program and continued delivery of the Indian Ocean All Stars Meet.
The funding program is also intended to help strengthen broader ties between WA and Asia by encouraging increased local visitation, stronger engagement in international education and better trade links within the region.