Extra support for Canberra's Rio athletes

With just over 50 days to go until the start of the Rio Olympic Games, and 89 days to go until the start of the Paralympic Games, the ACT Government has pledged $200,000 to Australia’s Paralympic and Olympic Teams.

The Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Paralympic Committee will each receive a $100,000 donation from the ACT Government, which will be used to support the cost of preparing and delivering the Australian Teams for the Rio Games to give our athletes the best possible chance of success in Rio.

So far 18 athletes from the ACT have been selected for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, in sports ranging from athletics, hockey, cycling and BMX, with many more still chasing qualification.

Earlier this year it was announced that 30 local athletes would share in $80,000 from the ACT Olympic and Paralympic Training Grants program, to help with the costs of training, competition and equipment.