Olympians Beki Smith (far left) and Louise Dobson (far right) and Australian representative archer Astin Darcy (second from left) shared the Olympic spirit at Macquarie Primary as part of the Olympics Unleashed Program.

Olympians Beki Smith (far left) and Louise Dobson (far right) and Australian representative archer Astin Darcy (second from left) shared the Olympic spirit at Macquarie Primary as part of the Olympics Unleashed Program.

28 February 2020

The ACT Government will donate $200,000 to the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia 2020 Tokyo Team Appeals and commit an extra $100,000 in training grants for eligible ACT athletes.

The $200,000 donation will help prepare the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams and athletes in the lead up to and during the Olympics and Paralympics.

The ACT Academy of Sport will also continue to support athletes over the next few months to get them ready to compete in trials in the hope of being selected to go to Tokyo.

Canberra has a unique status as the home of elite sport through the Australian Institute of Sport at Bruce and the ACT Academy of Sport.

Canberrans have a close relationship to elite athletes in the ACT because they’re so accessible to the community through school programs and as neighbours around town. That’s why the government is committed to supporting them through this funding.

We wish all the athletes the best of luck at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

ACT athletes have also been sharing the Olympic spirit with primary and secondary schools through the Olympics Unleashed Program.

In 2019, athletes involved in the Olympics Unleashed Program inspired 5,800 students at 35 schools with messages around self-awareness, motivation and goal setting as well as the benefits of living an active and healthy lifestyle. So far, 13 schools have registered for the program in Term 1, 2020.

Follow the ACT Academy of Sport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see how our ACT Government Supported Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls are preparing to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

All Canberra

Share this article:

Subscribe to the OUR CBR newsletter

Get the latest stories in your inbox