Rowing Australia is preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with confidence after a welcome funding boost from the Australian Government and Australian Sports Commission (ASC), which will enable our athletes and coaches to remain focussed on Olympic and Paralympic qualification at the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September.
Rowing’s allocation from the $20m one-off fund will help our elite athletes attend vital qualification events in the lead-up to Paris and ensure our High Performance team can deliver key initiatives to have our rowers primed to perform on the biggest stage.
Like all sports, Rowing Australia has been dealing with rising costs associated with training, travel and accommodation. With our athletes in Europe for significant parts of the year, it has been an especially challenging period for the sport.
This announcement from Federal Sports Minister, the Hon Anika Wells MP, will provide some welcome relief for our able bodied and para rowers as they devote themselves to securing a spot at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and representing the Green and Gold with pride.
“We offer our thanks to the Federal Government and welcome this timely funding boost as we prepare to celebrate 12 months to go before Paris 2024,” Rowing Australia incoming Chief Executive Officer Sarah Cook OLY said.
“This will ease the burden on our athletes and the High Performance program and allow Rowing Australia to give them every chance to achieve their dreams at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Rowing was the second-best performing sport at the Tokyo Games and delivered a pair of unforgettable Gold Medals and two Bronze Medals in the famed Hour of Power at the Olympics, followed by Erik Horrie’s historic Silver Medal at the Paralympic Games. We are committed to giving our athletes every chance to succeed when they take to the water in Paris next year.”
The Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games are a vital step towards a home Games in 2032 in Brisbane, meaning each and every opportunity to perform is vital.