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Surfing Australia welcomes Federal Government high performance investment

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World Surf League: CASUARINA/NSW, July 10th/2020 –  Surfing Australia has welcomed recent news of the Federal Government’s investment of $50.6 million to be spread across sports within the high performance system, which was announced by Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck.

The Board of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have been working hard with Australia’s National Sporting Organisations High Performance Programs to provide stability, in what has been a year of uncertainty, change, chaos and complexity.

The Surfing Australia National High Performance Program will be able to plan now with confidence, that it can continue from a status quo funding baseline, as it prepares for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games. The investment is recognition of the hard work of Surfing Australia’s high performance athletes, coaches and support staff.

Surfing Australia CEO, Chris Mater said “Across all industries and communities we’ve seen fallout as a result of COVID-19 but we as sports have also been doing it really tough. I’d like to thank Minister Colbeck, the Federal Government, Sports Commission Chairman John Wiley and the AIS for the strong support during this challenging time. There’s a sense of relief now for our HP Program team and our wider network, that they can continue to implement Surfing’s national high performance strategy which sees support to athletes to become the worlds best surfers and people, across both the Elite and Talent pathway.”

AIS CEO, Peter Conde said “There’s a great opportunity for surfing to make its mark on Olympic debut in Tokyo now in 2021, and with support through a number of AIS initiatives including this latest investment, we’re really confident of strong performances next year both in Tokyo and on the world stage.’’

Surfing Australia National High Performance Director, Kim Crane says “Across all sectors, we’ve seen leaders and people truly tested whilst they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Our team have been relentless in their hard work, ensuring our athletes have been supported whilst they’ve been adjusting to the constant change and modifying lifestyles, performance progressions and goals. The character, courage, resilience and creativity that Surfing’s athletes, coaches and staff have demonstrated, has been inspiring for me personally. With the relief of this funding certainty from Federal Government and the ongoing belief and commitment the AIS have in our sport, we’re able to continue momentum and for that we’re sincerely grateful.”

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