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Volleyball Australia statement on Federal Government high performance funding announcement

Volleyball Australia statement on Federal Government high performance funding announcement

Volleyball Australia acknowledges the significant investment into high performance sport announced today by the Prime Minister and the Australian Sports Commission.

While the immediate focus is set on Paris 2024 which is just under a month away, today’s announcement reflects the longer term vision of generating ongoing success at the highest level on the ‘green and gold runway’ towards 2032.

“Volleyball Australia cautiously welcomes today’s commitment by the federal government to high performance sport as we continue our planning beyond Paris towards the LA Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028,” said Andew Dee, Volleyball Australia CEO.

“We look forward to reviewing the detail of the funding package to understand what it means for sport as a whole, and volleyball in particular.”

“Ensuring our elite programs and pathways are well-funded in the coming years will give our athletes the best chance of success at a home Games in eight years time.”

Volleyball Australia president Craig Carracher AM said today’s announcement was a welcome recognition that our athletes require more support to keep pace with the rest of the world.

“The Federal Government’s commitment to elite sport is to be commended, but it can only be the beginning” said Carracher. “We have seen globally over many years that the level of government funding in high performance sport has a direct impact on results. That is exactly what is required if we want to see Australian athletes continue to perform on the world stage and meet the expectations of the community at home at the Olympic Games in 2032.”

“With the Beach Volleyball World Championships coming to Adelaide next year, we remain optimistic of receiving further government support for what will be not only one of the biggest sporting events of the 2025, but a significant highlight on the green and gold runway to 2032.”

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