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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2419 ..


MINISTER FOR SPORT

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NO 804

Academy of Sport - Swimming Program

Mr Cornwell - asked the Minister for Sport - In relation to your reply to question on notice No. 718 concerning ACT swimmers and the ACT Academy of Sport

(1) Is it not a fact that the Intensive Training Centres or High Performance Centres at (2) of your response have not operated for two years and therefore are not relevant to . your reply which was concerned with 1993.

(2) If these centres have not operated for two years, why were they mentioned in the reply which was concerned with 1993.

(3) Is it a fact that there are no associate scholarships at the Australian Institute of Sport and, if so, why is it claimed there are in (3) of your response.

(t) In, relation to your response at (3) "ACT swimmers do have equal opportunity to be supported by the Academy provided they. have achieved the necessary standards", how can this be if ACT resident swimmers are ineligible because there is no separate and independently registered ACT Association.

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

(1) No. The Intensive Training Centre (ITC) and High Performance Centres which were established in 1989-90 by the Federal Government are still operating and will continue to operate until at least the end of the current Federal funding period in 1995-96. They are very relevant to my reply.

The Intensive Training Centre Program was introduced as part of the "Next Step" Federal sports funding program from 1989-90 to 1992-93. The program aims "to develop a full-time professional coaching system in partnership with National Sporting Organisations and State Institutes". It also aims to identify and develop athletes throughout Australia in various sports, including swimming.

(2) Refer to Question (1). The ITC and High Performance Centres are still operational.

(3) Until the end of 1992, those athletes not holding full scholarships but receiving support from the Australian Institute of Sport program were referred to as "associate scholarship holders". The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has now advised that the current terminology for scholarships held by non full scholarship holders at the Australian Institute of Sport is a "visiting scholarship".

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