Commonwealth Games Australia’s sports and athlete support funding program has been renamed Green2Gold2Great.
Sports on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games program will receive $3.4 million in the second round of funding designed to support athletes in their final preparations.
The program has been renamed Green2Gold2Great as the funding seeks to support bespoke activities that would not be funded within the existing programs available to sports and athletes and is designed to help achieve Australia’s aspiration of being the No.1 nation at the Games next year.
The Green2Gold2Great funding is part of the $13 million funding package announced by Commonwealth Games Australia in April 2019, to assist with preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
This second round of financial support adds to the $4.4 million in first-round funding for 2019/2020 which targeted pre-elite and ‘next generation’ athletes who have their sights set on the Games in Birmingham.
The funding is targeted at both able body and para-sport athletes and is a direct legacy for Commonwealth Games sports and athletes of hosting the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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The total funding package from Commonwealth Games Australia includes $2 million in Breakthrough2022 direct financial support to athletes who can receive up to $8,000 to assist training and competition activities, medical support or other training-related expenses.
Funded second round Green2Gold2Great projects include:
- Targeted javelin, long jump, pole vault and walks projects in athletics
- Coaching support in able-bodied basketball 3×3 and lawn bowls
- Training camps in athletics, badminton, lawn bowls, basketball 3×3, boxing, cricket (women’s T20), Para-cycling, diving, rugby 7s, squash, swimming, triathlon and wrestling
- Final preparation camps in track cycling, hockey, gymnastics and weightlifting
- Event travel and competition support in judo, hockey, netball, powerlifting and table tennis
- Additional medical support in beach volleyball
In addition, $56,000 has been delivered in Kurt Fearnley Scholarships in conjunction with the Carbine Club of NSW, with support from the NSW Institute of Sport, to deliver scholarships to rising para-sport stars in NSW.
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GREEN2GOLD2GREAT Sport Funding
|Sport||Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|Cricket Women's T20||$40,000||$104,750||$144,750|
Due to the ongoing pandemic, a COVID-19 contingency has been set aside for related provisions required to keep the Australian team safe.
Where possible an additional funding round will be considered for sports and athletes should it become clear in 2022 that this contingency is not required.
Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips AM said despite the interruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the first round of funding has already reaped rewards for sports and athletes and this second round will specifically target final preparations for the Games.
“The funding is designed to complement rather than replace or replicate any other sources of funding such as via Sport Australia or the Australian Institute of Sport. And in some sports where Olympic related funding is minimal, this funding has provided a lifeline for their athletes and the sport,” Phillips said.
“This investment in our sports and athletes is something Commonwealth Games Australia is very proud of, and we look forward to working with our Member sports to tell the stories of our athletes in the final countdown to next year’s Games.”
Phillips said the goal for the team is to be the No.1 nation in Birmingham, however admitted that won’t be easy.
“It’s a home Games for England and we know how keen they will be to wrestle back the mantle of the Commonwealth’s No.1 nation,” Phillips said.
“CGA looks forward to continuing the work with sports and high-performance partners at the AIS, the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia and State and Territory Institutes of Sport to ensure the best possible preparation for Australian athletes to compete at the Games.”
Australia topped the medal tally on the Gold Coast with 198 medals, including 80 gold, well ahead of England with 135 medals, 45 gold.
In Glasgow four years earlier, it was a different tale, with England topping the tally with 174 medals, 58 gold, to Australia’s 137 medals, 49 gold.
Between 1996 and 2018, CGA provided more than $43 million to its members and athletes.
The funding comes entirely from income from investments held in the Australian Commonwealth Games Foundation, sponsorship rights sales and fundraising activities and has been boosted by legacies of hosting home Games in Melbourne in 2006 and more recently the Gold Coast in 2018.
Commonwealth Games Australia is planning to send its largest team to compete in an away campaign with an expected team size of 425 athletes across 21 sports in Birmingham.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 28 July to 8 August 2022.