Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    State funds to help athletes prepare for Glasgow

    31/10/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Queen’s Baton Relay passes through Perth as WA athletes prepare for Commonwealth Games
    • State Government contributes $60,000 to send Australian team to Scotland

    Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron has welcomed the arrival of the Queens Baton Relay to Perth as West Australian athletes prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next July.

     

    Mr Waldron predicted that West Australian athletes would again be strongly represented in the Australian team.

     

    The Minister was speaking at a function at the Perth Bell Tower today to welcome runners carrying the Queen’s Baton on its symbolic journey through Commonwealth countries.

     

    “In the past, WA has produced strong contingents of athletes for Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams, and these athletes have an outstanding record in bringing back medals,” he said.

     

    “WA sent about 40 athletes to the Delhi Games in 2010 -  the majority supported by the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) - and I expect this number would be maintained for the Glasgow team.”

     

    Mr Waldron said there was a sense of excitement and anticipation as athletes prepared for the Glasgow Games, which would give them a wonderful opportunity to gauge their competitive levels at an international event two years out from the Olympic Games.

     

    “The cost of preparing and sending Australian athletes is more than $14million with funds to be raised through contributions by the Australian corporate sector and government,” he said.

     

    “The State Government is pleased to kick start the fundraising process with a contribution of $60,000 towards the WA target of $150,000.

     

    “Current and future sporting stars also stand to benefit from the State Government’s $33.7million commitment to a new WAIS High Performance Service Centre in Mount Claremont.

     

    “While not scheduled for completion until after the Glasgow Games, this facility will provide WA athletes with access to unrivalled training facilities and the latest technology in sports science and recovery.”

     

            Fact File

    • The Commonwealth Games in Scotland run from July 23 to August 3, 2014
    • More information about the games at http://www.commonwealthgames.org.au  
    • Interested in corporate contribution? Contact the Australian Commonwealth Games WA Division for information on (08) 9440 4211

    Minister’s office - 6552 6100