When it comes to athletic ability, there is something about Queensland that has always produced the best. Whether it is rugby, football, swimming or one of the many other sporting activities, Queenslanders seem to rule their field. This fact is no different when it comes to the Commonwealth Games.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Queenslanders won 28 of Australia’s 74 gold medals. With a larger team of athletes being sent overseas, experts are predicting that Queenslanders will bring home at least a third of Australia’s medal haul at this year’s games in Glasgow. And considering that Queenslanders are represented in 17 of the 18 sporting events, that final tally is expected to be quite a decent haul.
Queensland athletes have a strong history of success when it comes to representing Australia – in 1982, 40 of the athletes were Queensland-based. This year, out of the 417 Australian’s competing in Glasgow, 90 of them come from the sunshine state.
Steve Dickson, Minister for Sport, says ‘I have no doubt the success of these athletes will inspire a whole new generation of budding athletes, and help the Newman Government deliver on its goal to get more Queenslanders involved in sport.’
Sports is a high priority of the current Queensland Government. Jann Stuckey, Minister for the Commonwealth Games, commented that by investing and helping our athlete’s now we will create a stronger team for the future – especially when the games will be returning to the Gold Coast in 2018. This investment applies to all levels of sport: from the elite professionals down to the grassroots.
‘This Government is investing $320 million in sport and community infrastructure for the Gold Coast event next year, which will generate up to 30,000 jobs and inject $2 billion into our economy,’ says Stuckey.
Commonwealth Games contenders have been given a grant of $2700 each by the Queensland State Government to help with preparations before they head off overseas – while some people disagree, most think this is money well spent.
And when a state is represented by the likes of Cate Campbell, Christian Sprenger, Bronte Campbell, Emily Seebohm (swimming), Tegan Napper, Damon Kelly (weightlifting), Anna Meares, Michael Hepburn (cycling), Alana Boyd (pole vaulting), Benn Harradine (track and field) and many other Queensland athletes who are representing Australia, you can see that the grant is money well invested.