Athletes promised more funding if they can claim a medal in 2014.
Potential Australian medallists at next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be the major beneficiaries of a $3 million funding boost, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association said on Sunday.
The Australian Sports Commission has announced a $2 million injection into the direct athlete support scheme, with the ACGA kicking in an extra $1 million.
More than 600 athletes who have earned less than $60,000 a year over the past four years are eligible for the funding.
Australian Sports Commission chairman John Wylie said the annual investment in the scheme was now $11.4 million.
“It is vital support is delivered direct to athletes at the right time in their pathway to enable a commitment to pursue sporting excellence,” Wylie said.
“The (direct athlete support) scheme is all about providing targeted and means-tested financial support for our most deserving elite athletes that are not accessing the strong financial returns that some sports can from commercial broadcast contracts.”