Patrick Walker, CEO Australian Sports Foundation joins Dave to explore why Australian athletes are underfunded, have limited financial security and rely on their families or outside employment to survive financially, and their financial circumstances and ability to perform have been worsened further due to Covid-19
According to the results of a survey by the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to understand the impact of Covid-19 on elite and professional Australian athletes competing at national/international level and outside of the major professional codes, most of the representative athletes who responded to the ASF survey earn less from all sources (sport and work) than the national minimum wage, and around half earn less than $23,000 a year.
Nearly 61% of athletes reported lost income, lost earning opportunities and ongoing losses due to Covid-19.
And to compound the situation, Australian athletes were largely missed by Covid-19 related income support schemes with only 28% qualifying for JobKeeper or JobSeeker.
With a lot of chat around the Tokyo Olympics and Australia possibly hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane, I thought this is a topical subject