Hockeyroos Say PM's $600K Announcement Will Help Their Tokyo 2020 Bid
Australia’s female hockey stars have given a thumbs-up to Scott Morrison’s investment in the sport in Perth, saying it will help them in the run-up to their Olympic campaign.
The Prime Minister visited Curtin University on a fly-in, fly-out visit to Western Australia on Monday. As part of a nationwide Liberal pork-barrel sprinkling of cash on sporting facilities, Morrison announced a $600,000 upgrade of the female change room and recovery amenities if his government is returned to power at the May 18 election.
Australia’s hockey high performance program is based in Perth, but the women’s team -- despite being one of the nation’s most successful squads in any sport in recent times -- have had to share facilities with the men.
Toni Cumpston, high performance manager for Hockey Australia, told 10 daily her players had to pack up their gear and take it home, instead of leaving it -- which can be annoying and disruptive for professional athletes.
“The girls don’t have an actual change room they can leave their equipment so they’ve got to take it with them each time they go to training,” Cumpston said.
“We’ll also upgrade the shared recovery facilities so we’ve got state of the art, and it’ll really help us on our way to Tokyo [Olympic Games].”
The local seat is Swan, won by Liberal Steve Irons by 54-46 at the 2016 election.
“It’ll make such a big difference,” Cumpston said.
“The girls haven’t had anything at all for the entire time they’ve been here. It’ll be really special.”
Morrison briefly dropped in to chat to some members of the Hockeyroos, who spoke about their hopes for victory at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The scoreboard at the stadium displayed a happy birthday message to the PM -- Monday was his 51st birthday -- as he wandered around the junior teams training on the field.
Morrison is expected to head to Adelaide on Monday night, after a full day of events across WA.
Josh Butler is travelling with the Morrison campaign.
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