The funding increase comes at a time when the Australian Sailing Team is heavily involved in international competition as the team strives towards Gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games and is a valuable addition to the new funding allocation that was announced by the Federal Government in 2010.
Yachting Australia High Performance Director Peter Conde said that the announcement of the new funding came at an important time for the Australian Sailing Team.
“With just 18 months remaining until the 2012 London Olympic Games we are entering a crucial time with athletes competing across the globe as they strive to get in as much racing against world class opposition as possible,” said Mr Conde.
“The additional funding, a part of the Federal Government’s Green and Gold project, has been provided for a number of specific new projects which are key in supporting our athletes to win Gold Medals at London 2012,” he said.
“The Australian Sailing Team currently has three crews ranked number one in the world, Laser sailor Tom Slingsby, 470 crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page and Women’s Match Racing crew Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis and Olivia Price, and in 2010 won five medals at class World Championships, this additional funding will assist in keeping our athletes at the top level and grow our list of World Champions,” he said. “ The support of the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport in securing this additional funding is greatly appreciate by our Team.”
Between now and the 2012 London Olympic Games Australian Sailing Team athletes will compete at numerous events at home and around the globe, including the seven round ISAF Sailing World Cup and the Perth 2011 World Championships, the major qualification regatta for the Olympic Games.
By Craig Heydon.