Queensland Community Foundation Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Achievement. Mrs Rinehart was announced as the 2021 award winner at a special lunch held in Brisbane on 10 September. The award was accepted on Mrs Rinehart’s behalf by her nominee Courtney Talbot.
“This is the beginning of a new future for the women and families in need of help right here in Noosa and we are determined for permanent, positive change to start today,” Ms Falla said. Patron of the event, Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart, said it was an enormous effort.“Last Saturday night we spoke up and the community stood up. I have never been prouder.” Many identities supported the cause, including mining magnate Gina Rinehart and Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser.
Earlier this month, it was revealed Gina had quietly funded many of the sportsmen and women at the Tokyo Olympics so they could chase their dreams. The likes of veteran swimmer Cate Campbell, rowing gold medallist Lucy Stephan, and silver medallist beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy were all funded by the generous Rinehart. ‘I don’t say this lightly, but Gina Rinehart saved swimming,’ three-time Tokyo medallist Campbell told the Australian Financial Review. ‘She made funds available that went directly to athletes. This allowed many athletes – myself included – to see that there was a future career in swimming.’
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart is already one of Australia’s biggest Olympic fans and already contributes up to $10m annually to four Olympic sports: swimming, rowing, volleyball and artistic swimming. Wylie said off the back of Tokyo, there is an opportunity to capitalise on the generosity of the philanthropic community and individuals like Rinehart. “Gina Rinehart did a really important job with her sports at Tokyo, she’s shown the way and there’s a tremendous opportunity to tap into that,” Wylie said.
And Australia’s Golden Girl of the Tokyo Olympics is… Gina Rinehart. Yeah, yeah, I know. Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon and Kaylee McKeown did pretty well too, but they couldn’t have done it without Gina’s help. Australia’s richest woman, with $30 billion in the kick, was one of the major reasons these Games have been the best for Australia since, well, ever.
But as Australia digests the week that was and contemplates how to better it, it’s worth pointing out that 11 of the 17 gold medals and one bronze came in disciplines in which the living costs of athletes were not covered by their sporting organisations or government funding, but were paid for by one benefactor alone: the country’s richest person, Gina Rinehart.