Western Australian Athletes Launch Commonwealth Games Appeal
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Thu 7 September 2017
More than thirty potential Western Australian Commonwealth Games athletes joined the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mick Murray at WAIS on Wednesday to launch the fundraising Team Appeal that is set to help send our elite talent to the Gold Coast Games.
The fundraising drive was kicked off by the athletes alongside the Minister who said, "we're looking to build on the achievements of WA athletes at the 2014 Games where they won 25 medals - 15 gold, seven silver and three bronze."
Mr Murray ensured the campaign got off to a strong start, with the McGowan Government contributing $60,000 to assist the athletes in their Commonwealth Games endeavors.
With the Games scheduled to take place from the 4th to the 15th of April 2018, Mr Murray expressed the importance of the support of the Western Australian community for our athletes stating, "this is one of those times when Western Australians can all come together to support and celebrate our local athletes."
"Elite athletes all start out at local clubs, so having a strong sporting system and quality infrastructure helps these athletes along their pathway."
A total of 18 different sports will be represented at the Games including 38 para-sport events across seven sports.
Gold Coast 2018 will be the biggest integrated para-sport event in Commonwealth Games history.
Public interest around the Games is expected to continue to rise with the Queens Baton Relay passing through Western Australian in February 2018.