Elite kayaker calls for high performance sports hub
ONE of Australia's leading kayakers has backed the call for a high-performance sports hub at Lake Kawana saying it would turn the tide for local athletes wishing to fulfil their potential while staying on the Sunshine Coast.
Alyssa Bull, who will team up with fellow Sunshine Coaster Alyce Burnett to make their Olympic debuts in the K2 500m event in Rio, said the proposed high-performance centre would help stop the flood of local athletes leaving the region.
She said she knew first-hand the importance of being close to family support networks, having to relocate to the Gold Coast recently to further her sporting career.
"There would be nothing better for local athletes than to be able to remain in familiar surrounds with their family, friends and support systems close at hand, while utilising state of the art facilities to give them the winning edge,'' she said.
"Lake Kawana is a well-regarded highly used canoeing and kayaking venues. The prospect of the facility being further enhanced with a world class high-performance hub is very exciting."
The former elite ironwoman turned kayak sprint star said the facility proposed by the not-for-profit Sunshine Coast Community and Sporting Club Ltd would revolutionise local sport and contribute significantly to the tourism and health economy.
Located next to the existing Sunshine Coast Stadium, the complex would incorporate sporting clubhouse with dining, administration areas and conference rooms, short-term accommodation for visiting teams, state of the art gym and integrated indoor sports centre in addition to storage, office, rehabilitation and training facilities.
The consortium of local business people making up the Sunshine Coast Community and Sporting Club Ltd has already spent close to two years developing plans for the centre which would occupy 11,000 sqm of land at the northern end of Lake Kawana.