Minister Annesley visits park to present extra funding for Australia’s Paralympic athletes

27 Jun 2012

Minister Annesley visits park to present extra funding for Australia’s Paralympic athletes

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, has announced a NSW Government contribution of $50,000 to assist Australia's campaign for the 2012 London Paralympics.

“We are proud to support our Paralympic athletes, many of whom come from this great state, as they represent Australia on the world stage in the upcoming London Paralympic Games,” Mr Annesley said.

"All of our representatives display outstanding ability and are elite athletes in their own right." “The London campaign will give athletes like Kurt Fearnley and Annabelle Williams the opportunity to raise awareness of the value of sport for the entire community, regardless of the level of ability,” Mr Annesley said.

Jason Hellwig, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Paralympic Committee, joined Mr Annesley for the announcement at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. “This support from the NSW Government is highly valued by the Australian Paralympic Committee, as we finalise our preparations of the Australian Team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”

“London 2012 will be largest and most competitive Paralympic Games in history, and I'm confident the Australian Team will do our nation proud,” Mr Hellwig added. The Australian Paralympic Committee is the peak national body responsible for Australia's elite athletes with a disability.

A not-for profit organization, the APC assists Australians with disabilities to participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games through partnerships with governments, business, sporting bodies and the community.

Mr Annesley said, “Our athletes deserve our total support and I’m confident we can look forward to another successful Paralympics in terms of medals and performances. “The O’Farrell Government is committed to building a positive future for the people of NSW, and raising the awareness of the value of participating in sport is one way of achieving that goal,” Mr Annesley added.

Media contact: Bernard Bratusa 0420 581 225

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