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Labor funds Australia's first integrated elite sports institute in South Australia



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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Regional Australia Catherine King

Minister for Sport Don Farrell

Member for Adelaide Kate Ellis

Member for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas

LABOR FUNDS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST INTEGRATED ELITE SPORTS INSTITUTE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australia will lead the way in elite sports training with a $20 million Federal Labor investment to help relocate and build a new bigger and better South Australian Sports Institute’s (SASI) High Performance Sports Hub.

By redeveloping and relocating the facility to the SANTOS stadium at Mile End SASI athletes will be able to train, recover and rehabilitate in state of the art sporting facilities.

This will give South Australian athletes the best chance to win medals at the Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. It will also provide a fully integrated Australian Centre of Excellence for Paralympic training.

The facility will be the first of its kind in Australia to accommodate the needs of both para-athletes and athletes, with a fully integrated design helping all athletes to learn and share training and performance tips.

Minister for Regional Australia, Catherine King, said the project would deliver great benefits to sports professionals across the nation.

“Labor is building world class infrastructure for Australia’s current athletes and future sporting stars.

“Para-athletes from across the country will train at this facility which will play host to national Paralympic training camps and talent identification and development programs.”

Minister for Sport, Don Farrell, said the project would deliver a much better training environment than the current facilities.

“This is a strong investment in South Australia’s sporting future.

"Athletes will enjoy using this new hub and SASI will not only retain its current training programs but it will be able to pitch for new ones. It will maintain South Australia’s strategic influence and potential for partnerships with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and National Sporting Organisations.

Member for Adelaide Kate Ellis welcomed today’s announcement.

“Not only will this stadium be used by some of our most talented sportspeople but it will also be open to the local community, giving everyone the chance to reach their sporting potential.”

Member for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas said it would encourage young South Australians to stay in the state and work towards achieving their sporting dreams.

“South Australia leads the way in sports training in a number of professional sports including cycling and volleyball, but has lost some programs to other states over the years.

“This new, comprehensive facility will help South Australia reclaim the title of ‘the best of the best’ in elite sports training.”

SASI will also look to provide greater access and opportunities to support programs for women in high performance sport. For example it has the potential to help national women’s league teams in basketball, netball, football and hockey.

The funds for the project are from the latest round of the Regional Development Australia Fund. Funding for this project is already included in the budget.

ADELAIDE 28 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600