Skate Australia has today celebrated the news that the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will provide additional support for their high performance skaters, more than doubling the annual investment provided for Tokyo.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) yesterday committed a collective $257 million dollars to National Sporting Organisations for the three-year cycle.
This is the first time the AIS, through the support of the Australian Government, has allocated funds for a full Games cycle, with the move allowing Skate Australia to plan and build on the success of the Tokyo Games.
Skateboarding High Performance Manager Debbie Savage said she welcomed the news and will be working right through Christmas to kick off the 2022 program.
“Following a gold medal and two top five finishes in Tokyo, Skate Australia has been given a clear objective to keep building on the success of our first Olympics. The performance of our small team inspired all Australians and was a brilliant demonstration of the spirit and values of skaters."
“The additional funding will help us to build a strong pipeline of talent, strengthening our program and optimising support for our athletes. Paris will be incredibly competitive and we'll be working smart to make the best use of our resources," said Savage.
"There's only 946 days to go!"
Australian Sports Commission Chair Josephine Sukkar AM said: “We are in the midst of an exciting time for Australian sport. Paris is now only two and half years away, and our commitment to longer term success, the green and gold runway to Brisbane 2032, is also front of mind.”
“I would like to thank the Australian Government for sharing the vision of the AIS and recognising the value of allocating funding for a full Games cycle. It is a huge show of support for the Australian high performance system, the sports and our athletes.”