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Minister wishes Aussie touch teams success in Scotland

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SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister for Sport Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness


June 17, 2011


Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today wished Australia’s Touch Football teams great success as they leave for the 2011 World Cup in Scotland.

Senator Arbib said Australia had dominated at World Cup level, winning every event since its inception in 1988.

“I wish the men’s, women’s and mixed teams, as well as our four senior teams, every success when they get to Scotland,” Senator Arbib said.

“I’m confident the teams will live up to their reputations as favourites and do Australia proud.

“Our women’s open team has arguably one of the best records of any sporting team, having never been beaten in a World Cup match, winning 54 consecutive games at tournaments over more than 20 years.”

The teams leave Australia over the next three days and games begin on June 22 in Edinburgh.

Senator Arbib said the Australian Government was a strong supporter of Touch Football Australia, providing nearly $600,000 in annual funding to support the development of the sport at both the elite and grassroots level.

“The Government invests $120,000 of annual high performance funding in Touch Football Australia to assist all teams achieve sustained international success, and to continue to build on the tremendous performances exhibited by our teams at past World Cups,” Senator Arbib said.

“Touch Football is an exciting sport which is in the top 10 participation sports in Australia.

“The Government provides $475,000 in annual participation funding to the sport, including the additional $250,000 received as part of the Government’s record investment in participation funding.

“This new investment will be targeted towards providing greater services to members and pathways for new members to join the sport so we keep young people active and find the next generation of touch stars.

“There will also be a focus on increasing the opportunities for women, people with disability and Indigenous Australians to play Touch Football.”