Carroll called for a boost in funding for participation and high-performance sport and outlined the vision for “Olympics Unleashed” – an inspiring program that will see our sporting hero’s reaching out into local communities to encourage greater participation in sport and physical activity.
The speech recognised the benefits of long-term, sustained investment in sport in delivering improvements in physical and mental health outcomes and reducing rates of obesity amongst young people, as well as ensuring the success of Australian athletes on the world stage.
“With less than two years to go to the Olympic Games in Japan and a strong pool of athletes coming through for the years beyond, we welcome the call for more investment into Sport as our Olympic and Paralympic paddlers prepare for Tokyo 2020 and beyond,” Phil Jones, CEO of Paddle Australia said.
“Paddling also offer unique opportunities for Australians of all ages to get on the water and enjoy the outdoors, with all the benefits associated with participation in sport.”
“We are very fortunate to have successful and inspiring athletes such as Jessica Fox and Curtis McGrath on our team – to only name a couple. They are key athletes in our Olympic and Paralympic programs and are committed to building sport in Australia, inspiring current and future generations of paddlers.”
“It is great to see Jessica Fox, the greatest slalom paddler of all time, involved in various athlete and youth ambassador roles.
“We are also very proud that Paralympic Champion Curtis McGrath, who is one of the faces of the Invictus Games currently underway in Sydney, is spreading the word of inclusion and promoting the healing power of sport in the recovery from mental and physical illness.”
“We are looking forward to working with the AOC in ‘unleashing’ more of our great Olympic and Paralympic paddlers and continuing to inspire our communities to get involved in the inclusive sport of paddling.”