Per Swimming Queensland Chief Kevin Hasemann, the Queensland Academy of Sport is reducing the typical $500,000 per annum funding it has given since 2015, although exact figures are not yet being made public.
“We’ve been notified by the QAS that the level of funding we’ve been receiving from them is about to be cut significantly,’’ Hasemann said. (The Australian)
“The Swimming Queensland formula has proven to be an unqualified success, evidenced by the outstanding performance of Queensland swimmers at the Tokyo Olympics, where, if a nation, Queensland would have finished a clear second on the medal table. Cutting back now can only be to the detriment of Australia’s high ambitions for the 2032 home Games.’’
“The QAS provides direct financial support to SQ for implementation of strategies for the development of swimmers up to an including world junior level and their coaches, who are absolutely pivotal to the swimmers success,’’ said Hasemann who has been at the helm of SA for 20 years.
“From 2015, that funding has averaged over half a million dollars per annum. The Queensland Government recently announced $15 million per annum in new funding for the QAS, which doubles its budget.
“This decision will hinder the efforts of SQ, as a not-for-profit state sporting organisation with limited financial resources, to maintain – let alone build on – our extremely successful services to young swimmers and their coaches delivered across the state.
“Unless the QAS has a change of heart, SQ will be forced to reduce our development budget at a time when it’s more crucial than ever that we identify and nurture future Olympians.’’ (The Australian)
The QAS has been in existence since 1991 when it was conceived by the Queensland Government in order to support the state’s athletes.