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