Australia’s Top Sailors Receive an Extra $250,000 in Funding as they Power Towards the 2012 London Olympic Games
Sydney, Australia (News4us.com) March 08, 2011
Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today showed the Government’s support for Australia’s top sailors, as he lent a hand in the team’s training run at Middle Harbour in Sydney.
Sailing with the Australian Women’s Match Racing team Senator Arbib said the experience gave him the chance to see first-hand how the team’s preparations are going for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“The Australian Government recently committed an extra $250,000 to support the Australian Sailing Team’s preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games,” Senator Arbib said.
“This funding is part of our ‘Green and Gold’ project that has injected an extra $2.5 million in Australia’s top Olympic sports and athletes, including our sailors.”
The targeted ‘Green and Gold’ funding will be used to enhance the sailing team’s chances of success, providing greater access to support services, quality training and high level competition.
Coming on top of the extra $2 million in high performance funding committed to Australia’s sailing program in 2010/11, Australian Sailing Team High Performance Director Peter Conde welcomed the Government’s commitment to Australia’s Olympic sailors.
“This new government funding will allow us to better support our athletes and coaches with the facilities, equipment and support services they need to be at their best in 2012,” Conde said.
“It was great to have Senator Arbib on the water with our athletes and to also have the chance to tour the site of our new National Training Centre here at Middle Harbour Yacht Club which is currently under construction.”
Senator Arbib said last week’s European Training Centre launch was further evidence of the Government’s commitment to achieving sustained success on the international stage.
“The Australian Government is committed to giving Australian athletes every opportunity to achieve sustained international success, turning a potential fourth, fifth and sixth placing into a medal at the London games.”
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