The Australian Government and Australian Sports Commission (ASC) congratulates Australian athletes and officials after a record-breaking performance at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said it was an inspirational two weeks of sport, culminating with an Australian record four medals - one gold, two silver and one bronze.
“It’s fantastic to have seen the Australian Olympic team achieve record podium success in Beijing, following on from an equal-record gold medal haul of 17 at the Tokyo Summer Olympics just last year,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Mogul skier Jakara Anthony broke through to claim Australia’s first gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 12 years, but it was one of many wonderful performances that show how we’re continuing to evolve in Winter sports and challenging the world’s best.
“The medals were complemented by a record nine top-six finishes, and numerous personal bests, which means we’re knocking on the door for more medals in the future.
“Australian Olympic debuts in sports such as curling and monobob show there’s greater depth and opportunity for our athletes too.
“This gives us a lot to be excited about in the future, especially with the opening of the Geoff Henke Olympic Winter Training Centre in Brisbane and the new National Snowsports Training Centre in Jindabyne being developed by Snow Australia.
“It gives Olympic and aspiring athletes access to a world-class training centre in Australia all-year round.
“Well done to all our Olympic athletes in Beijing and the team behind the scenes, led by Chef De Mission Geoff Lipshut.
“We now look forward to our Australian Paralympic team competing in Beijing next month.”
The Australian Government, via the Australian Institute of Sport, provided a record $29.8 million in preparation for Beijing, an increase of almost 50 per cent in funding. The funding includes more than $2.5 million in direct grants to athletes.
By the end of this year, the AIS will confirm the next four years of winter funding to help athletes and sports prepare for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Games. It is part of a longer-term approach to sports funding.
Australian Sports Commission Chair Josephine Sukkar AM said Australia’s winter athletes had overcome enormous challenges and thrived on the world stage.
“We’re always building for the future too, so preparations for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics are already underway and we’ll confirm funding by the end of 2022,” Ms Sukkar said.
“I thank the Australian Government for believing in the ASC’s long-term vision for Australian high performance sport. With the Government’s support, we’re now able to give sports greater certainty and clarity to build for a full Games cycle.
“It creates a stronger platform than we have ever had in Australian sport and is a huge vote of confidence for the Australian high performance system, the sports and our athletes.
“Beyond funding, the AIS will continue to support our winter sports and athletes in areas of innovation and technology, medicine and sport science, wellbeing and community engagement, coaching and leadership, as well as high performance facilities, including the AIS campus in Canberra, European Training Centre in Italy and the Geoff Henke Olympic Winter Training Centre in Brisbane.
“As we welcome our Olympians home, we also wish our Australian Paralympic team all the very best as they prepare to compete from March 4-13.”