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20 September 2012
Triple Olympians Eamon Sullivan and Adam Pine and London Olympic debutant Blair Evans have joined forces with Australian water polo player Luke Quinlivan to officially launch the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Community Program.
The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Community Program, delivered by Swimming Australia in conjunction with Swimming WA and Water Polo WA, will see a number of past and present high profile athletes embark on a regional tour that will engage rural Western Australia with the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series and its sports.
The athletes announced their excitement at increasing the opportunities for all West Australians – across both regional and metropolitan areas – to get involved in the sports. Following the announcement Sullivan, Evans and Quinlivan participated in a novelty relay race along with children from St Cecilia, Port Hedland and South Hedland Primary Schools.
Some of Australia’s most celebrated swimmers will play major roles in delivering the program, including swimmers Nicole Livingstone, Matt Welsh, Bill Kirby, Travis Nederpelt, Alice Mills and water polo players Alicia McCormack and Thomas Whalan.
Triple Olympian and General Manager of Community Sport at Swimming Australia, Adam Pine, said the program will feature a range of sports clinics and community visits delivered in four regions, the Goldfields, Kimberley, Pilbara, South West and Perth Metropolitan areas.
“The program aims to reach at least 4000 Western Australians, inspiring a new generation of kids to get involved with swimming and water polo. The next Ian Thorpe or Mel Rippon could be unearthed in Port Hedland or Newman”.
As well as expanding the reach and impact of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, the Community Program will also send important messages on living a healthy and having an active lifestyle through participation in sports like water polo and swimming.
BHP Billiton Iron Ore Executive Carl Binning said BHP Billiton is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the upcoming BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.
“We chose to become the naming rights sponsor of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series. We saw a clear fit with our Community Development objectives to develop strong and functional communities in Western Australia and to leave a lasting legacy for future generations,” he said
The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is proudly supported by naming rights sponsor BHP Billiton and the Western Australian State Government through Eventscorp and Royalties for Regions.
For more information on the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series community program please contact Kathleen Rayment on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0432 915 262.