Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

16 September 2020

Jane Howlett, Minister for Sport and Recreation

Fund for athletes living with disability now open

The Tasmanian Government believes that all Tasmanians should be given the opportunity to participate in sport and lead active, healthy lifestyles.

As part of last year’s Budget, our Government announced the establishment of a Sporting Competition Access Fund to provide additional support for athletes living with disability to compete in national and international level competitions and events.

I am delighted to announce that this fund has now opened following a delay due to the pandemic.

Support packages of up to $3,000 will be made available to enable an athlete, coach and or carer to attend the same event.

Tasmania has a strong history of representation at Paralympic events with the likes of Deon Kenzie, Melissa Carlton, Todd Hodgetts, Matthew Bugg and Jacob Templeton doing the State proud on the international stage.

For the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games, our Government will also provide $40,000 in support to the Australian Paralympic Team.

I look forward to watching our para athletes shine once national and international competitions are able to resume and I am proud of the substantial support our Government continues to provide to Tasmania’s sport and recreation sector.

For more information on the Fund, contact Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476 or email

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