Australia’s athletes and the sports they represent are set to benefit from a $4.8 million injection by Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA).
The initial allocation of Green2Gold2Great investment in the lead up to the 2026 Commonwealth Games contributes to ensuring that our green and gold charges will be ready to put their best foot forward on the global stage.
Each of the 22 sports included on what was the Victoria 2026 sport programme will benefit, enabling the delivery of 37 performance initiatives geared toward 2026 success.
One such initiative is the Lanning v Perry Series of Cricket Australia, bringing together Australia’s best women’s under-19 aged cricketers for a series of T20 matches and workshops.
The experience was hosted at the National Cricket Campus in Brisbane late last month and forms part of the development pathway for the Australian women’s cricket team and selection to the Commonwealth Games.
“Green2Gold2Great funding is critical for us being able to run the Lanning v Perry series, and other experiences in our pathway. It helps to develop the next rung of players that could compete at the Commonwealth Games,” Shelley Nitschke, Australian women’s head coach, said.
“The Commonwealth Games are a big thing for Australia and to play cricket there would be a great opportunity. I’d welcome the chance to play at such a high level,” Amy Smith, Lanning v Perry Series participant, said.
A commitment of $13 million across the quadrennium to 2026, Green2Gold2Great is an investment in CGA’s aim of being the number one nation in terms of gold medals won, overall medals won, total number of medallists and the number of sports winning medals at the Commonwealth Games.
“The Games host may be unknown for now, but what’s guaranteed is our commitment to our athletes and sports as they prepare for 2026,” Craig Phillips AM, CGA Chief Executive Officer, said.
“We want our team to arrive ready to compete, with CGA funding complementing other performance investment to ensure athletes have the tools for success.”
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Green2Gold2Great is made possible by the investments, sponsorship revenues and fundraising activities of CGA, including the marketing rights fee paid for the now cancelled Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.
This initial contribution of $4.8 million announced today brings together Foundation and Performance allocations for each sport.
Foundation allocations are a per-head commitment to sports based on their forecast team size, with Performance allocations making specific performance initiatives, such as qualification competition and team camps, possible.
For more information, visit commonwealthgames.com.au.
*Bold denotes sports which include para events.