News – The Australian Olympic Committee is pushing the federal government to grant it a further $60 million in funding, so the next generation of athletes can succeed at an international level.
- The new year marks the 20th anniversary of arguably Australia’s greatest year in sport, when the Wallabies won the Rugby World Cup, our cricketers also won the World Cup and rode a record 16-Test winning streak and Australia were Davis Cup tennis champions for a 28th time.
- Samantha Stosur has been the country’s only grand slam singles champion in 15 years and Australia’s men’s tennis stars are no longer even in the Davis Cup World Group.
- Australia has become one of the most obese countries in the world, reducing our “Bronzed Aussie” image to a myth and prompting Sport Australia’s “Move it or Lose it” campaign in a bid to shake the 80 per cent of inactive Australian children and 50 per cent of inactive adults into action.
- It’s not all doom and gloom, with Australia still boasting a sprinkling of world beaters, enjoying a revolution in women’s sport and finishing 10th on the 2016 Olympic medal table.
- LESS MONEY, LESS COACHES, MORE PROBLEMSSporting bodies — and elite athletes — have been begging for more money for years, with government funding to Australia’s Olympic sports dropping 20 per cent since 2008.