Next generation of Queensland sporting stars get set to Go for Gold

  • 680 schools successful in Round 1, including 530 state schools
  • Round 2 of the $100 million Go for Gold Fund now open
  • Funding aimed at supporting children to achieve their sporting best ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Queensland’s Olympians of tomorrow will have access to state-of-the-art sporting infrastructure thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Go for Gold program.

Set to support greater sport participation across the state, the Go for Gold fund will encourage students to be more active and potentially compete at the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In Cairns, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the 680 successful schools receiving a funding boost as part of Round 1 of the program.

The 680 schools, including 530 state schools, received grants to the value of nearly $2.5 million.

More than half of all successful schools are located throughout regional Queensland – meaning more kids, from Coolangatta to the Cape, will benefit.

In Cairns alone, 28 schools will benefit in nearly $90,000 in new equipment, including netballs, high jump mats, soccer nets, bats and more.

The Premier also opened applications for the next round (Round 2), which will allow all Queensland schools, both state and non-state, to apply for up to $5 million for new or upgraded sports infrastructure.

Eligible infrastructure includes:

  • Indoor or outdoor sports facilities
  • multi-purpose courts
  • athletics pitches or upgrades to ovals
  • refurbishment of outdoor court surfaces
  • investment in emerging sports

There will be three categories of Round 2 funding:

  • Category 1 – is up to and including $500,000;
  • Category 2 – is over $500,000, up to and including $2.5 million; and
  • Category 3 – is over $2.5 million, up to and including $5 million.

Category 1 applications will close at the end of Term 2, 2023. Categories 2 and 3 applications will close at the end of Term 3, 2023. This will give all schools time to prepare applications.

Infrastructure projects are expected to cover a broad spectrum, including building new facilities, upgrading existing facilities, replacing facilities that are at the end of life, and extending the period of use of sports infrastructure.

Quotes attributable to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

“Our government is proud to back the sports superstars of tomorrow, with the equipment and infrastructure they need to make their Olympic dreams come true.

“From Badminton sets in Biggera Waters, to soccer nets on Saibai Island – schools the length and breadth of Queensland are benefitting.

“As with Round 1, we will see schools in remote and regional Queensland, and disadvantaged schools, given priority for funding for Round 2.

“This means more children around the state will experience the magic of sport.”

Quotes attributable to Education Minister Grace Grace:

“This program is about giving young Queenslanders the equipment and infrastructure they need to be more active and go for gold in 2032.

“We will prioritise schools in smaller regional and remote communities, and where the opportunities for fundraising are limited.

“Go for Gold will not only benefit schools, but it will be great for communities right across Queensland.”

Quotes attributable to two-time Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus:

“The Olympics is just so huge and to have a Games in my hometown of Brisbane is just unreal,” she said.

“To have a program like this is an incredible opportunity. If I had $5 million available, I would love to put it into a school that didn’t have facilities, or a school that needed to upgrade facilities in a regional area – a town that no one expected a superstar to pop out of.

“I would love to see to more people come from regional towns and break barriers and show you don’t have to be from a capital city to be a superstar. This is something I am very passionate about.

“But to increase those odds we need to get more kids into sport and that starts with facilities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Cairns, Michael Healy MP:

“The Go for Gold fund will ensure Queensland students have access to high quality sporting equipment and facilities that will encourage greater participation in sports.

“Cairns State High School is one school set to benefit from round 1, with the school set to receive $3000 for new soccer balls and mesh bibs.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui MP:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for schools across Queensland, including in our beautiful home here in the very Far North, to establish new or upgraded sporting facilities for the benefit of our kids.

“Accessible, usable, fit-for-purpose sports facilities are an obvious catalyst for increasing kids’ participation in sports. And the benefits of physical activity on their physical, social and emotional health are well known.

“The Daintree State School will receive $3000 for active play equipment to help further engage kids with physical activity.”

Quotes attributable to Speaker for Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt MP:

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games will drive economic, social, cultural and built environment opportunities that will ensure lasting benefits for Queensland.”

“At Isabella State School a $5000 grant will provide equipment for track and field, soccer and hockey.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Barron River, Craig Crawford MP:

“Go for Gold will help prepare our young sports champions for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

“Aspiring athletes at Trinity Beach State School will receive a welcome $3500 grant for athletics equipment.”

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