With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, the Andrews Labor Government is giving Victoria’s athletes the vital support they need to be at their best.
Minister for Sport John Eren today announced further funding as part of a four year $26.8 million package to bolster the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS).
The funding provides certainty for the VIS and ensures its athletes are given every chance to succeed and do our state and nation proud on the world stage.
The investment will help address the recommendations of an independent review of the VIS, which found that the Institute was delivering on its goals and reaffirmed the VIS as an Australian leader in high performance sport.
In the four year cycle leading to the Rio Olympic Games, the VIS supported the second highest number of athletes, achieved the second highest number of podium results and was the most efficient of the Australian institutes – with the best ratio of athletes serviced per podium result.
That translated into 29 Victorian athletes bringing home a swag of medals from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.
We’re proud to continue funding the first-class high performance sport programs offered at the VIS, so more aspiring stars can strive for Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games glory.
In May, the Labor Government provided $300,000 to the VIS to pilot a new community outreach program and to update its computer and data management systems – programs that work to address key findings of the review.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“Victoria’s reputation as the sports capital of Australia is built on the reputation of our home-grown sports heroes.”
“We’re proud to back the Victorian Institute of Sport and our next crop of elite athletes as they go for gold and inspire even more Victorians to follow in their footsteps.”
“While PyeongChang and the Gold Coast is on everyone’s minds, we also have our eyes trained on the next four years. We want to ensure they have the support they need as they prepare for Tokyo 2020.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian Institute of Sport Chairman Nicole Livingstone OAM
“We’ve received generous support from the Government, who have confirmed their commitment to fund our ambitions through to Tokyo 2020.”
“We are exceptionally proud of our VIS supported athletes, who won 29 medals across the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, which equates to 23% of Australia’s medal tally.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020