Thirteen sporting organisations to share in a $500k federally-funded grants program
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones joined Queensland Rugby Union CEO Richard Barker at Parliament House to announce a $40,000 grant for the Queensland Rugby Female Sevens State Championships for under-15 and under-17 girls.
“It’s great to see girls’ rugby kicking goals as a result of these grants,” Jones said.
“We have a proud history of producing outstanding athletes and these grants, along with our new and upgraded sporting facilities for the Games, will help ensure our sportsmen and women continue to lead the way. These grants couldn’t have come at a better time with sports in the spotlight and the Games less than six months away.”
Sport Minister Mick de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government is providing great opportunities for Queenslanders to get involved in Commonwealth Games sports.
“Grants were awarded for a range of projects, such as this fantastic new tournament, which will inspire young women and girls to achieve bigger and better than ever,” he said.
Rugby Sevens is the fastest growing women’s sport in Australia, with 563 per cent growth in junior girls alone since Australia’s gold medal triumph at the Rio Olympics.
“Some of the girls at our state championships will hopefully have the chance to star in the Tokyo Olympics and almost certainly at the next Commonwealth Games,” said Barker.
“The QRU is working on new, innovative ways to improve our girls’ competitions and these state championships are the first step in cementing the legacy of our national success.”
For more information on the Embracing 2018 Sports Grants program visit www.embracing2018.com.