As Australian athletes make their final preparations for the London Olympics, Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty today announced 101 Victorian athletes will share in the second round of the Victorian Coalition Government's $2 million Elite Athlete Travel Grants Program.
Mr Delahunty said the second round of funding for the program, part of a 2010 election commitment and worth over $175,000, will support elite Victorian athletes to compete at the highest level.
"The costs associated with travelling to compete at major national and international events can be a significant burden to Victoria's elite athletes," Mr Delahunty said.
"These grants of up to $2,000 will support our top athletes and help them reach their full potential."
"The program has been a great success. Amongst the recipients from the previous funding round, 5,000 metre runner David McNeill and table tennis player Miao Miao have been selected to compete in their respective sports at the London Olympics," Mr Delahunty said.
Grant recipients must be recognised by their State Sporting Association as a representative of Victoria or Australia; or be eligible to compete at the highest level nationally or internationally. The current funding round will distribute funds to a total of 52 different sports.
"This program is giving our local elite athletes the support they need to achieve their dreams of sporting success," Mr Delahunty said.
"This important funding will help with the growing cost of traveling to and from elite sporting events.
"I look forward to cheering on our elite athletes as they compete in major events across Australia and around the world," Mr Delahunty said.
List of successful athletes is attached.