TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE STATE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE AND EQUESTRIAN WA OFFICE
Western Australia's coronavirus restrictions may have partially eased. However, the State Equestrian Centre remains closed. Please also note that the Equestrian WA office is closed at the moment due to the staff’s reduced hours. E-mails and calls are being monitored remotely on the revised office hours of Monday to Wednesday, though there may be a slight delay in response. Sorry for any inconvenience.
AOC CELEBRATES CENTENARY ON WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
April 29th marks 100 years since the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) was founded.
Originally formed as the Australian Olympic Council on April 29th, 1920, the anniversary marks the formal separation of Australia and New Zealand from the combined “Australasia” entity which had competed in the 1908 London and 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games.
In 1920, the first Australia-only Team competed in Antwerp then in August 1923, the Australian Olympic Council changed its name to the Australian Olympic Federation – an identity it held until June 19, 1990 when it was re-named the Australian Olympic Committee.
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SPORTWEST COVID-19 STATEMENT
SportWest has received member enquiries relating to recent COVID-19 announcements and general information from the Commonwealth and State governments. The messages coming from our governments appear more encouraging as the health data improves and trends positively.
In acknowledging people’s enthusiasm and desire to return to their preferred sports, SportWest attempts to clarify the current and evolving status for Western Australia. Our Closure and Restriction Directions (No 2) have moved from 2 people to a maximum of 10, but there is still strict compliance with social distancing requirements – people need to stay 1.5 metres apart and a minimum of 4 square metres per person. A frequently asked questions page is available on the WA Government website on the cautious easing of restrictions.
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EQUESTRIAN WA & MILNE FEEDS E-LEARNING CENTRE
During the current COVID-19 situation, we realise that many people in the equine community are facing unique challenges as social distancing, while necessary, impacts our equine activities and affects our community interaction. Supporting the health and welfare of both riders and horses is paramount to Equestrian WA, therefore, together with our education partner Milne Feeds, we will be launching an online equine-community learning hub on our website with a wide variety of interactive content ranging from expert articles, educational videos and training segments from industry experts. With everything from riding tips, veterinary tutorials and pilates exercises you can do at home, there is something for everyone.
We are also excited to announce that the Milne Feeds Education Seminar will be resuming online with the first session scheduled on the 20th May! We've already got a few topics and speakers lined up, so stay tuned for more information!
EA ONLINE HORSE TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
EA welcomes the participation of members in online training and educational activities during this period of COVID-19 shutdown that prevents riders from competing.
Virtual Dressage Horsesport, Virtual Showjumping Horsesport, Virtual Eventing Horsesport and online training is available so that riders can have their training assessed while adhering to the obligations of social/physical distancing.
Given the lack of usual controls afforded to an official competition, it is not possible for these on-line activities to assure participants of a level playing field in terms of assessment.
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LOCAL SPORT TO LOSE UP TO $41M AND 660 JOBS DUE TO COVID-19
State Sporting Associations will lose up to $41 million in revenue and more than 660 jobs are expected to be lost by the start of May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A survey by SportWest, the peak industry body for sport in Western Australia, showed State Sporting Associations were expecting a 55 per cent reduction (246 jobs) in their full-time workforce and a 72 per cent cut (415 jobs) in casual staff by the start of May.
Combined revenue loses of up to 52 per cent were forecast for winter community sport.
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FEI.TV AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE WHILE LIVE SPORT IS ON HOLD
FEI.TV, the FEI’s online television platform, will be providing all its coverage of past events and special equestrian features free of charge to everyone while live sport is on hold until end of June.
Under normal circumstances, FEI.TV live-streams all major FEI Series and Championships, with an extensive range of replays, special features and historic events coverage available on-demand combining to provide unparalleled coverage of equestrian sport year-round.
But with no live sport, access to FEI.TV will be free and existing subscribers will be compensated for the months of April, May and June. They will get automatically refunded on their account. All content on the platform, including VOD, will be freely available to all users who will need to register, meaning that fans can re-live all the action from past events so there’s no need to miss out on your fix of equestrian sport.
“Premium content like this usually sits behind a paywall and is normally available only to subscribers, but while there is no “live” sport, we want to give equestrian fans the chance to binge-watch for free during this terrible pandemic”
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MESSAGE FROM SPORT & RECREATION MINISTER MICK MURRAY
I am pleased to announce that the amendment to the relevant Lotterywest legislation required to establish the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund has passed through Parliament.
The Lotteries Commission Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 provides Lotterywest with temporary powers to more readily develop programs providing urgent financial relief to organisations including not-for-profit sporting groups, and will expedite the distribution of funding.
Funding will be available for sporting organisations to apply for through the Event Cancellation Relief for Arts, Sports and Community Groups program and the Resilient Arts, Sports and Community Groups program.
While the specific details and the opening and closing dates of these grant programs are still being worked through, I would encourage all organisations who believe they may be eligible for support to register by contacting Lotterywest on 133 77 or via firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure they receive all the details about making an application as they become available. I would also encourage State Sporting Associations to make sure that this information is relayed to your clubs and associations.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has also developed a KidSport Club Support Package, which will include extending all voucher expiry dates until 30 June 2020 and placing refunds on hold whilst we work towards an option for this funding to remain within the sector. The Department is also exploring options around opening additional KidSport rounds once the COVID-19 related restrictions on sporting activities are lifted, to support getting kids back into sport.
Additionally, the State Government is considering how the State Sporting Infrastructure Fund can support maintenance and minor capital works projects to provide job creating work for small to medium construction firms.
Local governments are also being strongly encouraged by the State Government to bring forward infrastructure spending and commence infrastructure projects immediately where possible, to assist with maintaining jobs in the trade, construction and professional services industries.
In closing, I believe I speak for all of you in passing on our thanks to staff working in a range of government agencies supporting the sector through these difficult times. I know their work is appreciated by many.