15 May 2000

Funding boosts Olympic dreams

Today 15 aspiring Olympians from sports including Athletics, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Equestrian, Baseball, Canoeing, Gymnastics and Yachting received a grant from the Foster's Sports Foundation, a unique body established by Carlton and United Breweries.

Murray Rose, Multiple Olympic Gold Medallist and Chairman of the Foster's Sports Foundation Advisory Board presented the athletes with their grant at a special function today at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, and said the grant recognised their world-class performance.

Foster's Sports Foundation grant recipients at today's presentation are:

  • Kate Anderson (Athletics)
  • Claire Fearnley (Athletics)
  • Addy Bucek (Yachting)
  • Natalie Harvey (Athletics)
  • Lauren Burns (Taekwondo)
  • Paul Lyons (Taekwondo)
  • Earl Byrne (Baseball)
  • Carlo Massimino (Taekwondo)
  • Jeni Danks (Yachting)
  • Lachlan Milne (Canoeing)
  • Brennon Dowrick (Gymnastics)
  • Lisa O'Keefe (Taekwondo)
  • Warwick Draper (Canoeing)
  • Tara Trebilcock (Equestrian)
  • Jian Fang Lay (Table Tennis)

Mr Rose is joined in the Foundation by Olympians Herb Elliot, Nicole Stevenson, Russell Mark and Marlene Mathews; President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates; veteran sportscaster, Norman May; leading businessman, David Mortimer; and Deputy CEO of Foster's Brewing Group, Nuno D'Aquino.

To date, the Foundation has awarded grants totalling more than $1.1 million to 338 Australian athletes. A further $1.2 million has been guaranteed to be given to athletes who are not recipients of the AOC Gold Medal Incentive Scheme or have not already received a Foster's Sports Foundation grant.

Further information:

David Argus
Manager, Media Relations & Public Affairs
Carlton & United Breweries
Tel: +61 7 3212 0268
Mob: 0418 523 343

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