State support for major ski events at Falls Creek in August
A SHARE of $60,000 in State Government funding will help boost major upcoming ski events at Hotham and Falls Creek.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith, made the Significant Sporting Events Program funding announcement on behalf of Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty.
Events include the FIS ANC Giant slalom, FIS ANC Skier Cross and FIS ANC Snowboard Cross and the Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek in August.
“Events like these go a long way towards further establishing the reputation of Victoria’s Alpine region as a bustling international ski and ski board hub and a mustsee tourist destination,” Mr Smith said.
“As well as showcasing some of Australia’s up and coming ski talent, these events are a boon for the local regional economies, attracting large crowds.”
Mr Delahunty said the Coalition Government was committed to maintaining, developing and attracting top sporting events and athletes to the state.
“With the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia less than a year away these elite ski events provide the perfect platform for aspiring world champions to impress for national team selection and follow in the footsteps of Victorian ski legends such as 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics champion Lydia Lassila,” Mr Delahunty said.
Mr Delahunty said the funding package would also assist event organisers Ski and Snowboard Australia to develop a 3-5 year event plan and marketing strategy to secure even more major international and national events for Victoria’s ski fields.
Ski & Snowboard Australia chief executive officer, Michael Kennedy, said Victoria had a proud tradition of hosting worldclass events, none more so than the World Cup Aerial events which ran at Mt Buller for a decade from 1997.
“Ski & Snowboard Australia is delighted that the Victorian Coalition Government has recognised the potential of our current winter event series and we look forward to working with them to develop a long-term strategy for world-class winter events into the future,” Mr Kennedy said.
“The new Olympic disciplines in particular offer excellent opportunities for our resorts, as the infrastructure required is within the scope of our resorts’ current capacities.
“There is no reason why Victorian resorts including Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham can’t be World Cup venues in the years to come.”