Australian Centre for Paralympic Excellence unveiled
Monday, July 16, 2012
Australian Capital Territory — Earlier today at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), President Greg Hartung and the Federal Minister for Sport formally unveiled the Australian Centre for Paralympic Excellence.,
The unveiling ceremony started with a speech by Hartung who mentioned how important the AIS was to the Paralympic movement in Australia, with the first Paralympic scholarship holder being , who earned his scholarship in 1988 and has subsequently competed in six Paralympic Games, with this year's Games making seven. Hartung went on to discuss how many more Paralympians have subsequently been supported by the AIS, including Matthew Cowdrey who credits an AIS run recovery centre at the 2008 Summer Paralympics with enabling him to win a gold medal.
Lundy's speech followed Hartung's. She highlighted how the AIS specifically supports five Paralympic programs including rowing, athletics, alpine skiing, and swimming. Beyond those, the AIS, with funding assistance from the federal government, provided cycling, and weightlifting, with an additional 2.25 million going to grants to support Paralympians directly through Direct Athlete Support grants.13.5 million to support the Paralympics for ,
Following Lundy's speech, the Australian Paralympic Centre of Excellence sign was unveiled. There are 44 days left until the start of the Paralympic Games.