Great Southern Sports Talent Association Objectives

Help selected athletes and coaches in the region progress from sub-elite to elite level within their appropriate high performance pathway.

Identify opportunities to promote, educate and financially assist talented athletes and coaches throughout the region.

Support the development and coordination of courses and seminars aimed at talented athletes and coaches within the region.

Advise and assist sporting associations in implementing high performance pathways.

Identify key regional stakeholders and consistently work in partnership with them.

Sponsored by:

Sponsored by the Albany, Mt Barker & Tambellup Cranbrook Community Banks

Funded by:

Funded by Department of Sport and Recreation and Royalties for Regions
Funded by Department of Sport and Recreation and Royalties for Regions


Athlete Support

Athlete Financial Support Scheme (AFSS) helps talented athletes to improve their daily training environment

Coach Support

The Coach Financial Support Scheme (CFSS) helps talented and driven coaches to undertake professional development opportunities

Regional Program Support

The Regional Association Financial Support Scheme (RAFSS) is to enhance regional talent development programs

News & Events

GSSTA Great Southern Coaches Club Breakfast on the Couch with a Sports Psychologist (21/07/2016 06:35 PM)


Sports Psychologist, Adrian Schonfeld was a guest speaker at the Great Southern Coaches Club breakfast held on Tuesday 5 July, hosted by the Great Southern Sports Talent Association.  Adrian is a Director of Three Spires Performance Consulting and a current Sport Psychologist with Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS).

He shared his knowledge and skills with coaches from all disciplines and sports on how to incorporate a mental training program into pre-season training with athletes. 

Adrian has supported summer and winter Olympic athletes from Western Australia on their journey to qualify, perform and recover from the games.  He is currently assisting with final preparations for the athletes that will be competing in Rio Olympics.

According to Darrel Panizza, Chairperson of GSSTA “It is great for our region and our coaches, of all levels to be able to gain an insight into what it takes to support a high performance athlete.  Coaches and parents play an important support role and we look forward to gaining some tips and ideas to how we can continue to play our part. We bat above our weight with our talent pool and it is great to be able to support events like this.’

Adrian Schonfeld also delivered a short Mental Skills Training session to the Great Southern athletes that are part of the WAIS/GSSTA Developing Champions program. The highlight for these athletes will also be a presentation by Brant Garvey, a Great Southern local who is now an Australian para-triathlete, WAIS scholarship holder currently aiming for Rio.   


Coaches Club Triple C : Coaches - Clubs - Culture (17/05/2016 01:18 PM)



GSSTA - Coaches Club Free Event

Wednesday, 1st June 2016 from 6.30 – 8.00pm at ACCI

Registrations essential.


“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”

Coaches of all levels and codes are invited to the live and learn at the next GS Coaches Club event. 

The GS Coaches Club, coordinated by GSSA, holds 3-4 coaches club forums per year, which provide an opportunity for coaches (of all codes and levels) to come together to learn, network and share experiences.  We have had presentations from WAIS, State Coaches and Assistant Coaches on topics as varied as strength and conditioning training, communication, integrity in sport.

Greg McLennan has over 38 years of experience in sport and recreation policy and planning and Rick Smith is an experienced sports administrator and accomplished public speaker and together they will present TRIPLE C

·What is "club culture"? 

· How to develop a club culture that reflects community values plus "on ground" success

· What role does a coach play in influencing this culture?

· Essential attendance for junior and development coaches 

Contact : Shelley McDonald, Executive Support GSSTA 98920152

Great Southern Netball Region Inc (11/04/2016 04:19 PM)

Great Southern Netball Region Inc have been successful in obtaining $1,580.00 from Great Southern Sports Talent Association (“GSSTA”) to assist 6 coaches to attend the 2016 DADRA Professional Development Conference held in Perth on April 2 and 3 hosted by Netball WA.

Great Southern Coaches attending Conference

Kelly Dominiak (Denmark)

Jenny Cristinelli (Katanning)

Sandi Stankovich (Narrogin)

Janine Determes (Albany)

Nannette Steer (Narrogin)

Jean Davis (Albany)

DADRA Coach Professional Development day will include presentations by

Reporting / Off court education    Lyn Pemberton, Former Australian A Team Netball Coach

Performance Psychology            Jodii Maguire, Director Think! Performance Psychology

Generic Court Session               Jill McIntosh, Former Australian Netball Coach and player

Specialist Sessions                   Jill McIntosh, Lyn Pemberton and 

                                                Jo Smith, Game Development Coordinator – Coaching

Strategies Court Session            Jill McIntosh and Lyn Pemberton

Observe West Coast Fever v Adelaide Thunderbirds at HBF Stadium                                 

Post Game Analysis                  Jill McIntosh/ Jo Smith and ANZ Umpires

The measurement of success within the Netball regional academy is the advancement of athletes through this program and into state level programs and for the Great Southern Region to be recognised as one of the strongest netball regions in Western Australia.

The GSSTA was formed to help the Great Southern athletes and coaches progress from sub-elite to elite level within their specific high-performance pathway. It does this by providing up to $1000 for athletes and up to $2000 for coaches.

Funding is also available to support regional talent development programs, through financial assistance to Regional Associations of up to $5000.

The GSSTA is assisted by the Department of Sport and Recreation with funding from Regions for Royalties and sponsorship support from Bendigo Bank.


Contacts:          Kelly Dominiak – Great Southern Netball Development Officer – 0417 465 379

                        Rosemary Wolter – Great Southern Netball Administrator – 0419 483 385

                        GSSTA – Shelley McDonald on 98920152.

Athlete Development Pilot Programme (22/03/2016 03:48 PM)

On Sunday, 20th March 2016 nine Great Southern Athletes were involved in the GSSTA Athlete Development Pilot Programme.

GSSTA and WAIS partnered to put together a Face to Face workshop where athletes were introduced to the WAIS Developing Champions programme through a presentation by Amanda Schonfeld's from WAIS and Olivia Vivian, Olympic and Commonwealth Games Gymnast.