Women have always been involved in sport and recreation at many levels and the number of women in leadership roles within sport and recreation in Western Australia is growing.
The Department of Sport and Recreation has committed to provide support, resources and professional development for women seeking development, management and leadership opportunities in the sport and recreation industry. The Women in Sport and Recreation Program is designed to develop a pipeline of women leaders currently not on a State Sporting Association board and improve their personal effectiveness at all levels.
The Women in Sport and Recreation Program is seeking fifteen (15) women who have a passion for sport and recreation who aspire to be leaders in the industry to join out launch program.
The program is open state wide and regional women are encouraged to apply for the program. There is a current initiative to also be able to provide funding for travel to regional women to be able to attend the module/s in which they choose, as the program will be in Perth.
Complete the Women in Sport and Recreation Program Application Form and submit your application along with:
Send applications by 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 August 2015 to:
Project Officer – People Development
Department of Sport and Recreation
(L): Hon Mia Davis MLA - Minister for Sport and Recreation; Minister for Water; Minister for Forestry
(C): Marion Fulker - Chief Executive Officer of Committee for Perth and a Rugby WA board member
(R): Dr. Lianne Cretney-Barnes - WA Partner for Women on Boards, Chair of the Integrity Assurance Committee for Racing and Wagering Western Australia, Principal Consultant of Board Connexions
Photo below: Louise Wallace, WAMBA President being interviewed at the official launch of the Western Australian MTB Strategy
WAMBA is calling for nominations for the 2016 WAMBA National Mountain Bike Championships Junior State Team to attend the MTBA National Mountain Bike Championships, being held on Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March 2016 in Bright, Victoria.
The State Team will consist of riders who wish to compete in either or all of the following disciplines: Downhill, Cross Country and Observe Trials.
Riders are to be aged between 13 and 18 years, with the exception of some exceptional great Under 13 riders who wish to do the downhill event (providing they have good references from a personal coach).
This team works together as a collective of athletes and will be supervised under the direction of the Team Manager/ Head Coach. Parent helpers are required to provide assistance to the team in support roles and athletes manage their own logistics. State team selected riders are eligible to receive Department of Sport and Recreation funding, as well as other Government funding (if they meet the requirements).
The National Mountain Bike Championships is an open event to any rider, whether you are a State Team member or not. This means that riders who do not make the team can still compete and travel with the rest of the State team, if they wish to. The riders who do not make the team may not be eligible for some of the Government funding, will not be eligible to wear any state team clothing, or take part in any team photos.
However, we encourage all WA riders and families to support each other for the betterment of the sport.
Photo: 2015 WAMBA National MTB Championships Junior State Team
Selection of the WAMBA Junior State Team will be conducted by the WAMBA State Selection Panel, which consists of the following members:
Nomination forms and other accompanying documents are to be submitted by close of business Monday 31st August 2015.
WAMBA Junior State Team Nomination (Attn: Jodie Stembridge)
105 Cambridge Street
All information regarding the Junior State Team, including selection panel and criteria, funding, team travel and accommodation can be found by downloading this document - 2016 WAMBA National MTB Championships State Team - Call for Nominations.
The Mountain Bike Working Group is pleased to release the draft Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines for public comment.
Mountain Biking is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in WA, and this document will provide the framework required to support both the mountain bike community and land managers in developing high quality new trails to meet this significant demand.
The primary aim of the WA Mountain Bike Management Guidelines is to provide a well-defined framework to support the local mountain bike community and land managers develop trails that:
The development of these guidelines was a community based project, facilitated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). A working group was established to develop a framework that meets the needs listed above, with representation from the mountain bike community, trail builders and relevant government entities.
This release is a chance for you to have your say, and ensure the document is able to meet the diverse needs of the WA mountain bike community.
The guidelines combine local experience and knowledge, with world’s best practice from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and consultants such as Dafydd Davis, the renowned trail guru responsible for the development of the legendary Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike park in Wales.
This document is also being tested `live` for the development of the Murray Valley, City of Cockburn’ Manning Park Mountain Bike Project, Margaret River Bramley National Park, Wellington National Park and Pemberton trails. This process will ensure practical feedback is also available to further refine the guidelines, and make them as relevant as possible to those who will use them.
Thank you to everyone involved for their time and effort in getting the guidelines to this stage.
Download the Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines consultation draft at http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/connect/mountain-bike-guidelines-draft
Interested organisations and individuals are invited to comment through the survey at http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/connect/mountain-bike-guidelines-draft
The public consultation period will close on 18th September 2015.
After nearly three years of work, WAMBA and Westcycle are delighted to celebrate the launch of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy - Unlocking the Potential.
WA Minister for Environment, Hon. Albert Jacob MLA; WAMBA President, Louise Wallace and Westcycle CEO, Matt Fulton fronted the media this morning at Herdsman Lake to officially launch the Strategy, which provides a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia over the period 2015 – 2020.
Western Australia is the cycling capital of Australia with 23% of people riding a bike compared to a national average of 19%. Mountain biking is one of the State’s fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities. Almost 120,000 mountain bikes are bought every year in WA alone. The time is therefore right for a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia. The State has the diverse environments and outstanding scenery to support a thriving mountain biking industry and grow into a world-class mountain bike destination.
“There has been a surge in mountain biking as a recreational activity in recent years. With demand for mountain bike trails and suitable facilities exceeding supply in many areas, the Strategy identifies the gaps and provides a framework for us to fill them” said Louise Wallace, President of WAMBA.
According to WAMBA’s President, the Strategy will enable even more Western Australians and visitors to get riding, and provide a range of high quality and sustainable trails for new and existing mountain bikers to enjoy.
“Western Australia is home to some iconic and extraordinary experiences and the Strategy shows how we can make mountain biking one of them,” says Matt Fulton, WestCycle CEO. He said the Strategy is a significant document for mountain biking in WA and the result of nearly three years of work by WAMBA, WestCycle, the mountain bike community, Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR).
The Strategy identifies and targets five core objectives to deliver its vision:
This is an extremely exciting phase, as it will lead to more trails on the ground, stimulate the growth of a vibrant mountain biking community and increase tourism opportunities across the regions.
WAMBA advocates for partnerships between community groups, government, local business and the corporate sector to support the growth of mountain biking.
WestCycle calls on Western Australians to become involved in one of the State’s fastest growing activities. Ongoing funding and sustained focus will be required to fully realise the Strategy’s vision for mountain biking and the tremendous opportunities that are on our doorstep.
A consultation draft of the Strategy was released in October 2014 seeking public comments. Submissions were received from 35 organisations and individuals. All comments were reviewed and taken into account during the finalisation of the Strategy. A copy of the Strategy, as well as the responses and actions to the public consultation comments can be downloaded here:
In case you missed all the action lately, two HUGE mountain biking events have successfully engaged our local communities more than ever. On the more extreme end of the sport, the John Hughes Slopestyle kicked off in April this year for the first time in the Town of Victoria Park, and a month later, the City of Albany was home to its second Albany Urban Downhill.
WAMBA President, Louise Wallace had a brief chat with HotFM 95.3 down in Albany - here's the clip.