ASC supports golden Opals

ASC supports golden Opals

Sixteen Australian sports preparing for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics will share in an extra $2.9 million in financial support from the Australian Government, the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis announced today. Senator Brandis said the

Sixteen Australian sports preparing for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics will share in an extra $2.9 million in financial support from the Australian Government, the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis announced today.

Senator Brandis said the funding would give the sports and competitors added support, allowing them to make the most of training and competition opportunities in the lead up to Beijing.

“The Australian Women’s basketball team will use the extra funds to support a tour of Europe and the United States, which will to help them emulate their World Championship success and hopefully bring home a gold medal from Beijing,” Senator Brandis said.

“The sport of sailing will use their share of the extra funding to invest in boats specially designed to assist competitors cope with the race weather conditions in China.”

“And our equestrian team plan to use their extra money to buy portable gear to monitor the health and condition of their horses,” Senator Brandis said.

Mark Peters, CEO of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), which has coordinated the distribution of the extra money, said the funding is another important part of helping Australian sport keep pace with other nations who are investing heavily in Olympic and Paralympic sports.

“Keeping pace with other nations is an increasing challenge for the Australian sporting system and the ASC is delighted that the Australian Government recognises the need to ensure that our sport system is well funded and well managed,” Mr Peters said.

The Australian Government, through the ASC, has committed $14 million in direct athlete support through to 2008/9, through the Australian Government Sports Training Grant scheme. This is in addition to the $62 million distributed to national sporting organisations in 2006/07 and $39 million to the Australian Institute of Sport in 2006/07.