Queensland will host its biggest international event ever, billions of people will be watching from around the world. Our focus should be on the world’s best athletes and not political agendas. Gina Rinehart and Hancock Prospecting are proud to have been supporting Australian athletes to represent our country for many years, including as one of the two longest and continuous major supporters of Swimming Queensland.
“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.’
Executive Chairman Mrs, Gina Rinehart and all at Hancock Prospecting wish all athletes representing our country all the very best. We look forward to hearing the Australian anthem played, as proud medal winners achieve their well deserved and forever memorable time on the podium.
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.
Little old Australia. Punching above its weight. Population, a mere 25 million. Cut off from the world by Covid-19. Fighting just to get to the Olympics. Winning a record-equalling 17 gold medals. Little old Australia. What an eclectic group of winners. The swimmers. A BMX bandit. Canoeists. Sailors. Rowers.