McGowan Government kicks off Commonwealth Games appeal

06 September 2017
More than 30 Western Australian Commonwealth Games hopefuls will come together today at the Western Australian Institute of Sport to launch their fundraising Team Appeal on the road to Gold Coast 2018.
  • More than 30 elite athletes to join the Minister for Sport and Recreation at Team Appeal launch
  • Brianna Throssell, Tamsin Cook and Hockeyroos players to attend
  • State Government kicks off drive with $60,000 contribution.

 AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Emily Smith of Australia celebrates after scoring a goal during the International Test match between the Australia Hockeyroos and Great Britain

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray will join local sports stars—including Brianna Throssell, Tamsin Cook and Hockeyroos players—to kick-off the funding drive with a $60,000 contribution from the McGowan Government.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4–15, with WA athletes and officials expected to make up a significant proportion of the final squad.

A total of 18 sports will be represented at the games, including triathlon, swimming, table tennis, netball, hockey, Rugby Sevens and weightlifting.

The Games will host the biggest integrated para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history with 38 events across seven sports, including lawn bowls, track cycling, triathlon and athletics.

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"This is one of those times when Western Australians can all come together to support and celebrate our local athletes.

"Elite athletes all start out at local clubs, so having a strong sporting system and quality infrastructure helps these athletes progress along their pathway.

"We're looking to build on the achievements of WA athletes at the 2014 Games where they won 25 medals – 15 gold, seven silver and three bronze.

"Australia is traditionally a strong medal winner at the Games and public interest will intensify as they approach with the Queens Baton Relay in February 2018 passing through Western Australia."

Tamsin Cook of Australia competes in the Women's 800m Freestyle heat on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Brianna Throssell of Australia competes in the first Semifinal of the Women's 200m Butterfly on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)