Government to reward Paralympic medalists

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Date published:

September 2, 2021

Type of support:

Press release

Public:

General public

Our government will ensure that Australian Paralympic athletes receive payments for medals won at the Tokyo Games in accordance with payments made to our Tokyo Olympic medalists.

This decision ensures that Paralympics Australia can recognize our Paralympic champion athletes in accordance with payments made by the Australian Olympic Committee to medal-winning athletes in Tokyo.

Australian para-athletes have represented our nation with great distinction and pride in Tokyo, delivering performances that have carried millions through a difficult time for the nation.

Australia are eighth in the overall medal standings with 60 medals and four days of competition to come.

Like their Olympic counterparts, Paralympians often have to make major sacrifices in their lives by abandoning their families and jobs to train and compete nationally and internationally.

The Morrison government is committed to working with Paralympics Australia and other national sport organizations to develop corporate sponsorship for Paralympic sports.

This additional commercial income could enable Paralympics Australia to pay out medal bonuses to athletes on a sustainable basis at future Paralympic Games.

The Morrison government is proud to support our athletes in achieving their Paralympic dreams and already provided record levels of government support to our high performance Paralympic athletes.

The government is the primary source of funding for parasports and in the five years leading up to the Tokyo Paralympic Games, the government provided $ 88.8 million for high performance para-athlete programs.

The Commonwealth Government’s Paralympic High Performance funding has actually increased by 40% since 2012.

The government has also provided significant funding for parasport infrastructure and in the 2021/22 budget we provided Paralympics Australia $ 3.5 million to cover additional Paralympic travel costs associated with the Tokyo Games caused by the global pandemic. of COVID-19.

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