AIS and Commonwealth Games Australia invest in athletes
17 Nov 2016
Australia's preparations for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be enhanced by a partnership between the AIS and Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA), combining resources to provide more than $13 million in direct grants to athletes in 2017.
The AIS provides direct grants of more than $12 million annually to targeted Australian athletes to assist in training and competition before major events, a scheme known as dAIS. In a significant boost, CGA will inject an additional $2 million into the dAIS program over the next 18 months, ensuring prospective Commonwealth Games athletes can focus on preparations for the home Games on the Gold Coast.
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) acting chief executive Matt Favier commended CGA for its leadership and anticipated more than 800 athletes across Commonwealth Games, Olympic, Paralympic disciplines would benefit from the financial support of dAIS next year.
“By investing directly in Australian athletes, the AIS and Commonwealth Games Australia are showing them that they matter to us, we have confidence in their preparations and in their performances,” Favier said.
“It is no secret that we are in a tough, competitive international market against rival nations investing far more in high performance sport. Australia faces a fierce challenge on the Gold Coast in 2018 to try and regain our number one spot in the Commonwealth from England.
“Collaboration is one of the major themes behind our high performance strategy, Australia’s Winning Edge. There is strength in cooperation, whether it is resources, facilities, knowledge or finances.
“The ASC and the AIS looks forward to working with Commonwealth Games Australia and the sporting sector to help deliver a wonderful event on the Gold Coast in 2018 for athletes and the Australian sporting public.”
dAIS is available to athletes in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games disciplines who have, or demonstrate the potential to, achieve a podium result at a world championship level event. Athletes must meet other eligibility criteria, such as an income-based means test, ensuring grants also go to those who have the greatest need for support.