Paralympics Australia Re-Brand Brings $12 Million Funding Influx

The Australian Federal Government announced an injection of $12 million in new funding for its para athletes ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

$8 million will be aimed at ‘effectively managing the planning, coordination and delivery of the Australian Paralympic Team’ aiming for success in Tokyo, while an additional $4 million will be directed to the nation’s Paralympic Victorian base in Tullamarine. A Community, Education and Events Center is to be constructed at the site will feature accessible accommodation and training facilities for Para-athletes and teams as well as a Paralympic museum.

The funding announcement coincides with the overall re-branding of the former Australian Paralympic Committee into the new name of Paralympics Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “This new investment from the Federal Government will assist with the significant costs associated with delivering an Australian team of this size and complexity to the world’s premier event for athletes with a disability. It also recognizes the Australian Paralympic Team’s unique and burgeoning place within Australian sport and the value it brings to the Australian people.

“I am proud that the Australian Government will be the key partner in ensuring the Australian Paralympic Team has the best possible chance to shine on the world stage in Tokyo. Our Paralympic hopefuls can now prepare with confidence, knowing the funds and support that they need and deserve to represent our country are secure.”

Paralympics Australia President Jock O’Callaghan stated,“This new investment is a resounding vote of confidence from the Federal Government in the ability of Paralympics Australia to deliver an outstanding return on investment and it confirms the evolving position of Paralympic sport within Australian society.

“I believe Para-sport and Para-athletes have come of age in Australia. The growing appreciation and respect for our Paralympians and the desire for greater equity and inclusion of Para-sport becomes more evident every day.

“This support will help to continue our wave of momentum heading towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond, so the benefits of sport continue to expand for people with disability, and ultimately lead to greater equity in all areas of life.”

AP CEO Lynne Anderson said, “This Federal Government funding, along with our valued ongoing relationship with Sport Australia, is a huge boost in an ongoing challenge to attract government, corporate and community support.”

“We will continue to work until our Paralympic hopefuls can prepare for each Summer and Winter Games without the worries that come with financial pressure and uncertainty.”

Quotes courtesy of Swimming Australia.

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Taa

Aussie swimmers all getting classified next week. I wonder how many of them plan to participate in the testing to the best of their ability. This would be the first requirement toward a more fair competition.

oompah

They are utterly disgraceful, but then so is the IPC for not only ignoring their cheating but actively supporting it. I laughed reading a World Para Swimming interview with Ellie Cole. Coles new coach, Simon Cusack long time coach of the amazing Campbell sisters .. missing a leg means nothing in swimming (presuming he means every stroke bar breast stroke) it’s all about pull. Her long time quote ‘there’s nothing I like better than beating swimmers with two legs’. She’s also on the list for reclassification. Maddison Elliott, of the infamous ‘swim slow and they have to reclassify you camp’ is also on the list, presumably hoping for reinstatement in S8 class. Bit of focus on what they do with… Read more »

Mark

A few years ago I had no trouble calling Maddison Elliott a cheat as many people in the para swimming world know, but Maddison mum contacted me and gave me what for and after many heated arguments we exchanged medical evidence. Maddison has CP no doubts about that what so ever I have seen classification paperwork that is marked the same as my daughters the points all add up. Now I truly believe that a few years ago Maddison was thrown at the wolves by Australia para management to try and appease the growing cheating system they run. In the current situation and the way the IPC are being run and I predicted Maddison would go up and she did.… Read more »

Taa

Elliott committed IM which I think is well known she intentionally swam a competition swim observation at less than full speed to influence her classication result. But i have seen a lot worse than her and she was pretty young at that time so my only hope is she just competes and accepts whatever class they give her next week. The problem is the IPC seems to think swimming 1:04 100 meter free is acceptable for the S8 women and if they insist on that then they have essentially ruined the competition just so they can have more “world records”

Sara

What proof of this accusation do you have TAA in relation to Maddison Elliott? It’s a bold statement if you have no evidence to back yourself. Just wondering

You also say about swimming a1.04 for an100 free as an S8 is not acceptable. Are you implying that Jessica Long is in the wrong class as well? She is an S8 and does a similar time.

Taa

Jessica Long has never swam a 1:04. Get your facts straight. I am not the one accusing her of cheating, this was a well documented thing back in 2015.

https://swimswam.com/father-paralympic-champion-jessica-long-speaks-cheating/

Sara

She has swum a low 1.05 but we aren’t here to debate that. what I think you should have said was S8 female swimmers should not be able to do as low as a 1.03 which 2 have in 2018 and this raises suspicions about the legitimacy of their degree of disability. I have read that story in the past and personally I don’t take much from it. To me it’s a story written by a father who was upset at the time who believed his daughter was treated unfairly. Nothing more has been heard from Steve since that story. This is my personal opinion, I prefer to have hard facts presented to me to make my opinion on whether… Read more »

Taa

I don’t understand why you would question my evidence when you knew about the whole incident in the first place. Most people considered it cheating at the time but you can certainly have your opinion. Also just to add to the medical discussion, her scans do not prove anything except evidence of damage. Every incident of CP has a different outcome so it’s up to the classifier to try to determine how much it affects their swimming. My daughter had double brain bleeds and on one side was a grade 4 brain bleed and the side of her body affected (the side opposite the bleed) ended up being her more functioning side.

Christian

TAA with due respect, you are wrong, the real culprits and criminal perpetrators in this sad story, are senior Australian para-swimming officials. As previously advised, a former Para-swimming head coach has confirmed to me he was extremely angry and livid by the actions of both senior Australian para-swimming administrators, Mr Adam Pine and the now deceased Jan Cameron, who planned and orchestrated Maddison Elliott’s re-classification in 2015.

Oompah

omg, who even are you? Your credentials please Mark – neurologist? Or just a a pissed off parent?

Mark

Neather the facts don’t lie, but unlike you I have sat face to face across the board room and spoken to both the head of classification and IPC in their HQ in Bonn
I have seen mri scans confirming the diagnosis of cp and have in-depth insight into cp classification, trouble is I always back my claims up with facts and hide behind no fake name unlike some.
Can you say the same ??

Fred

Oh come on Mark, now you can interpret cerebral MRIs? Really???
The point with Elliott was not that her diagnosis of CP was in question – clearly she is affected by CP- but that she exaggerated her symptoms and deliberately swam very slowly which resulted in a return to S8.

Mark

Now see that’s easy to say when you don’t know all the facts, why don’t you ask why her classification was changed after her swimming slow as you said.
Her mum regularly reads this website so post the question to her,
As for MRI scans that’s the easy bit show them to a close friend who is a military surgeon and ask his opinion, and their you have it.

Christian

Fred with due-respect, we need to look at the bigger picture here, we need to ask who had the power and vested interest to allow this action to occur??? Australian Para-swimming administration and their coaching staff.

Christian

Very well stated Mark.

Christian

Mark you are 100% correct with your comments sir. Furthermore for everyone around the world who is reading these comments, please note that it was senior Australian Para-swimming management and coaching officials, that were behind having Maddison Elliott re-classified from an S9 to an S8 in 2015. A former Para-swimming head coach confirmed this information to me several months ago. This person was extremely angry by the actions of both senior Australian para-swimming administrators, Mr Adam Pine and the now deceased Jan Cameron, who planned and instigated Maddison Elliott’s re-classification in 2015. They are also responsible for the current grooming of Australia’s IM female cheats, S8 Lakeisha Paterson, S10 Paige Leonhardt,S10 Katherine Downie and S8 Ella Jones and male S14… Read more »

Christian

Mark you are 100% correct with your comments sir. Furthermore for everyone around the world who are reading these comments, please note that it was “senior Australian Para-swimming management and coaching officials”, that were behind having Maddison Elliott re-classified from an S9 to an S8 in 2015. A former Para-swimming head coach confirmed this information to me several months ago. Furthermore, this person was extremely angry and livid by the actions of both senior Australian para-swimming administrators, Mr Adam Pine and the now deceased Jan Cameron, who planned and orchestrated Maddison Elliott’s re-classification in 2015. This same person also alleges, they are also responsible for the current grooming of Australia’s IM female cheats, S8 Lakeisha Paterson, S10 Paige Leonhardt, S10… Read more »

Fred

I would be pretty angry if I were an Australian tax payer. The Australian government is well aware of the cheating.

Christian

Fred and thats where the real problem lies, the overwhelming Australian public, are totally unaware of the IM cheating within all areas of Para-sport. The world’s media need to well and truly blow the lid on the corruption, IM cheating and rampant fraud that is being perpetrated on the worlds tax-payers. Sadly ever major swimming nation around the world, are implicated in IM cheating in para-swimming.

Verram

If you want true equality and fairness then get them to race alongside “able bodied athletes .. then you won’t keep hearing about the issue of classification and all it’s spiteful cheating controversies and everyone can truly test their abilities against the best swimmers in the world .. that’s true equality and inclusiveness to me

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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