Bob Kucera

Bob Kucera

Former Minister for Disability Services; Sport and Recreation; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests; Seniors

    State Government helps WA Commonwealth Games athletes

    19/05/2005 12:00 AM
     
    19/05/05

    Sport and Recreation Minister Bob Kucera kicked off the 2006 Commonwealth Games team/WA Appeal with a $60,000 contribution from the State Government.

    Mr Kucera presented the cheque to Peter Dawson OAM, Commonwealth and Olympic Games Gold Medallist - Cycling 4000m Team Pursuit.

    “Our athletes do us proud but competing on the international stage comes at a cost,” the Minister said.

    “The cost to athletes is the training to which they commit themselves, day in and day out, for years, in preparation for big events like the Commonwealth Games.

    “But there is also a financial cost. Preparing and sending our team to Melbourne for the 2006 Commonwealth Games will cost about $12million.

    “I urge Western Australians, particularly the business community, to give generously to help our athletes achieve their dreams and to help Australia maintain its position as the top Commonwealth country at the Games.”

    Australia sent more than 400 athletes and 100 officials, coaches and managers to the last Commonwealth Games at Manchester in 2002. WA sent 43 athletes and officials.

    The WA contingent brought home 24 medals -15 gold, eight silver and one bronze - the biggest medal count in WA’s 64-year participation in Commonwealth Games competition.

    The Australian Commonwealth Games Team/WA Appeal Committee hopes to raise $180,000 to go towards the $5.5million required to send the Australian team to the Games.

    Mr Kucera said Melbourne, which would host the Games from March 15-26 next year, would be the fourth Australian city to host the Commonwealth Games behind Sydney (1938), Perth (1962) and Brisbane (1982).

    There are expected to be 4,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations at the games to compete in 16 sports and 24 disciplines.

    Minister's office: 9213 7000