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Assisting athletes on the road to Glasgow to Rio

13 February 2013

Matt CowdreyMatt Cowdrey

Athletes aiming for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond will be assisted through the 2013 South Australian Sports Institute Individual Athlete Program.

Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said a total of 139 scholarsihps and awards have been provided to athletes in four programs - High Performance Scholarships, Paralympic Scholarships, Talented Athlete Award and Country Athlete Award.

"Recipients range from our Olympic and Paralympic athletes who held us enthralled with their performances in London right through to emerging junior and country athletes," Mr Bignell said.

"These scholarships ensure that not only can we build on the success and experience of the athletes that competed in London but also nuture and encouraghe those who are yet to reach the heights of the internaitonal sporting stage."

"For country-based athletes, the Country Athlete Award Scheme provides valuable financial assistance to access training and competition opportunities for their ongoing sporting development."

The London athletes receiving scholarship support include Australia's most successful Paralympian Matt Cowdrey, Olympic silver medallist and BMX World Champion Sam Willoughby and Para-Cycling World Champion Felicity Johnson.

Mr Bignell said all recipients will receive a financial grant aimed at offsetting training and competition expenses, while athletes in the High Performance and Paralympic programs will also also be eligible to access SASI's sport science services and support.

Funding for each athlete varies between $815 and $4,100 depending on the level of the athlete.

"With the London games behind them, the athletes' focus is well and truly on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year and the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games," Mr Bignell said.

"The SASI Individual Athlete Program is all about assisting our athletes to reach their full potential in their pursuit towards sporting excellence."

For further information on the SASI Individual Athlete Program and recipients visit the Office for Recreation and Sport website www.recsports.sa.gov.au.