Australian Sailors Get Extra Government Funding

March 18, 2011

The Australian government have handed a funding boost to the nation’s top sailors of around US$250,000 ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

The extra cash support will be used to enhance the team’s chances of success, providing greater access to support services, quality training and high level competition.

Australia’s Minister for Sport Senator Mark Arbib said the experience of sailing with the women’s national team gave him the chance to see first-hand how their preparations are going.

Arbib stated: “The Australian Government recently committed an extra $250,000.

“This funding is part of our ‘Green and Gold’ project that has injected an extra $2.5m into Australia’s top Olympic sports and athletes, including our sailors.”

Coming on top of the extra $2m 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.

“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,” he 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 which is currently under construction here at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.”

Arbib added that this month’s launch of the European Training Centre 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.”