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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1732 ..


MINISTER FOR SPORT

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NO. 718

Academy of Sport - Swimming Program

Mr Cornwell - asked the Minister for Sport

(1) Why. -have no ACT resident swimmers been selected in the ACT Academy of Sport program for 1993.

(2) As a ratio compared to other sports, why do swimmers have such a low acceptance rate to the Academy.

(3) . Do ACT resident swimmers have .equal opportunity to placings at the- Academy with other sports; if not, is it because swimming is perceived not to be a high profile sport in the ACT:

Mr Berry - the answer to the Members question is as follows: .

(1) Applicants who are. NSW residents .but are registered, with an ACT

sporting organisation are eligible for support under current

guidelines from ACT Sport and Recreation -programs. All - athletes

who are registered with ACT sporting organisations and who meet

the application criteria are eligible to apply for support from the

. ACT Academy for Sport: .

In 1993 there is one ACT swimmer in the Academy program and

she was the only swimmer, who- is not supported by the- Australian

Institute of Sport, who ranked highly enough to gain selection

amongst a very strong field of 120 applicants across - many sports.,

Since its inception the Academy has supported five ACT- swimmers

within its. individual athlete program. -

.(2) (2) The. ratio .of. ACT swimmers supported by. the Academy _ in its

.individual athlete program. over the past four years - is ranked

. behind -only rowing _ cycling d an-d7 -orienteering. . In each of these-

sports the athletes supported are Australian junior or senior


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