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news Paralympics boost T he Federal Government has delivered a boost to the preparations of Australia’s Para-athletes ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with the announcement of $12 million in new funding.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an $8 million investment an outstanding return on investment and it confirms the evolving position of Paralympic sport within Australian society,” Mr O’Callaghan said. “I believe Para-sport and Para- athletes have come of age in Australia. Curtis McGrath, Paralympic champion in Para-canoe, hands Prime Minister Scott Morrison a gift from Paralympics Australia. from the Government will help to The growing appreciation and respect for our Paralympians and the desire for greater equity and inclusion of Para-sport becomes more evident effectively manage the planning, Victorian base for the construction coordination and delivery of of a Community, Education and the Australian Paralympic Team Events Centre at its existing facility at our wave of momentum heading aiming for success in Tokyo. Tullamarine. The new development, towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond, which will feature accessible so the benefits of sport continue to announcement at an event held accommodation and training facilities expand for people with disability, and in Sydney in February to launch for Para-athletes and teams as well ultimately lead to greater equity in all the new Paralympics Australia as a Paralympic museum, will be areas of life.” brand, formerly known as the managed in partnership with the Australian Paralympic Committee. Essendon Football Club. The Prime Minister made the “This new investment from every day. “This support will help to continue Paralympics Australia is preparing to send one of Australia’s largest ever Paralympics Australia President Paralympic Teams to the Tokyo 2020 the Federal Government will Jock O’Callaghan said the funding Paralympic Games at a cost of more assist with the significant costs boost and the re-branding to than $10 million.  associated with delivering an Paralympics Australia completed Australian team of this size and a historic day for the Australian raise the outstanding $2.5 million for complexity to the world’s premier Paralympic movement. the 2020 Team through fundraising event for athletes with disability,” Prime Minister Morrison said. An additional $4 million will be directed to Paralympic Australia’s 12 Prime Minister Scott Morrison (centre) at the funding announcement and Paralympics Australia brand launch. news “This new investment is a Paralympics Australia aims to efforts, corporate sponsors and State resounding vote of confidence from Government support over the coming the Federal Government in the ability 18 months. of Paralympics Australia to deliver www.paralympic.org.au linkonline.com.au