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WORLD CLASS TRAINING FACILITY IN MONARO’S BACKYARD
Monaro’s winter athletes will now have access to one of the best training facilities right in their own back yard enabling year round training.
Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro along with the Minister for Sport John Sodoti announced $5.1 million of funding for a state of the art air bag training facility to be housed at the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation grounds.
“It is fantastic to be able to assist our winter athletes achieve their goals close to home,” Mr Barilaro said.
“For a long time our winter athletes have had to train overseas for most of the year, but this new training tool will mean that they can stay with their families and train at home.
“We have an incredible record in Monaro for producing Olympic and Paralympic athletes and this development will assist in further opportunities for not just our current champions, but also our future stars.”
Minister for Sport John Sidoti said the new air bag was an asset to winter sport and the future development of athletes.
“This air bag is the first of its kind in Australia and will help put our winter athletes on a level playing field with the best in the world,” Mr Sidoti said.
“Winter athletes often sustain injuries whilst practicing on the snow which can see them out of action for months.
“This new dry land facility will reduce the risk of serious injury and allow athletes to practice and master their tricks before hitting the snow.”
The announcement was welcomed by NSW Institute of Sport CEO Professor Kevin Thompson who said the investment would assist in preparations for the Winter Olympics in 2022.
“This $5.1 million package will go a long way in supporting our athletes by enabling increased access to world class training facilities,” Mr Thompson said.
“We’re thrilled at the prospect that our athletes, coaches and families will be able to live and train in the Jindabyne region for significantly increased periods of time during the year.”
Jindabyne’s new training facility will help to secure future international success for Australian winter sports whilst also attracting competitors from around the world.