With just one year to go until the Rio Olympics, Tasmania is on track to send as many as 15 athletes for the Australian Olympic Team and up to four for the Paralympic team.
To help these athletes achieve their dream to represent Australia on the world sporting stage, I am very pleased the Tasmanian Government is able to contribute $60,000 to the Tasmanian Olympic Council’s fundraising appeal.
Tasmania has a proud record when it comes to Olympic success.
In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Australian team included 14 Tasmanian athletes who brought home five medals – one gold, one silver and three bronze. There was also one Paralympian in Beijing.
In 2012, the Australian team included 15 Tasmanians bringing home one silver and two bronze. Tasmania also had two representatives at the 2012 Paralympics in London, bringing home one gold medal.
The achievements of Tasmanian athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games are a credit to the individuals, to the teams, the sports and to the preparation and support provided through the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS).
Based on current performances World Champions Eddie Ockenden (Hockey), Tim Deavin (Hockey) and Amy Cure (Track Cycling) are well placed to make the Australian Olympic team.
Tasmania is looking at having a number of Paralympians qualify for the Paralympics in Rio, including Mathew Bugg (Sailing) and Deon Kenzie (Athletics). Team selections will be announced in the lead-up to the Games.
The opening ceremony of the games of the 31st Olympiad will take place on 6 August 2016.
Will Hodgman, Premier Minister for Sport and Recreation