Commonwealth Games Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to Commonwealth Games success in the 2017 Federal Budget.
As revealed on Tuesday night, the Federal Government is committing $15.5M directly to athletes and National Sporting Organisations to assist preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips welcomed the funding.
“This funding is a great show of support for our Australian athletes preparing for Gold Coast 2018,” Phillips said.
“We understand that money does not guarantee success, but this commitment from the Federal Government will undoubtedly assist our athletes whose preparations for Gold Coast 2018 are already well underway.
“These are our games, on our home soil, and Commonwealth Games Australia is committed to working with all our stakeholders to ensure our athletes have the best chance of success.
“Like the Federal Government, we believe that success from our athletes at the Commonwealth Games can inspire all Australian’s to pursue sport and an active and healthy lifestyle,” he said.
In the lead up to 2018, Commonwealth Games Australia will contribute upwards of $14M in funding programs directly to athletes and sports. These include the Podium Initiative, collaboration with the AIS on dAIS support, Gold Coast Gold funding and NextGEN for young and emerging athletes.
Commonwealth Games Australia also welcomed Sports Minister Greg Hunt’s intent to develop a National Sports Plan in 2017, as outlined in the budget.