Australian Canoeing is excited at today’s official Sport Inclusion announcement which ensures we continue our long-standing and successful partnership with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) throughout the next Olympic cycle till 2020.
NSWIS will continue to provide program funding across Sprint and Slalom and collectively with AC will co-invest additional resources for para integration and campaign projects, from 2017 through till 2020.
The sport inclusion process reflects the Institute’s commitment to engagement with key stakeholders including national and state sporting organisations, performance staff, performance clubs, the national institute network, regional academy of sport network, local councils, facility managers and sponsors.
Since the doors of NSWIS were officially opened in 1996, the Institute has grown to consistently be regarded amongst the world leaders in supporting and developing athletes to become world’s best, boasting a proud history of success having produced a number of outstanding results in the past 20 years, including multiple Olympic and World champions.
An increase in funding from the NSW State Government of $2 million per annum ($8 million over four years), enables the NSWIS to support a broader range of sports and initiatives throughout the next Olympic and Paralympic cycle.
“Due to the increased Government funding the Institute is now able to increase our investment in high performance sport,” NSWIS CEO Charles Turner said.
Through collaborative partnerships, NSWIS will work closely with Australian Canoeing to leverage our joint investment in achieving better high performance sport outcomes in NSW.
“In collaboration with our sport partners the Institute will be heavily involved with a number of national high performance training centres and initiatives which will enable us to support internationally focused performance outcomes with sports including canoe slalom, cycling, diving, rowing, swimming, water polo and winter sports,” Turner added.
Australian Canoeing National Performance Director, Richard Fox, said “this is great news for canoeing and confirms the commitment of NSWIS to support nationally focused sports and programs. With 9 athletes heading to Rio to compete in the slalom, sprint and paracanoieng events at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, NSWIS is already a critical national partner with strong representation and important medal contributions. This announcement means that we can be confident that NSWIS will partner Australian Canoeing in developing a strong and sustainable athlete pathway and contribute to our further success in Tokyo 2020 and beyond.