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Over the past six years, we’ve seen some amazing athletes


The Colonial First State Sports Boost program was developed as a grassroots initiative to help junior Australian sporting stars achieve their full potential.

In doing so, Colonial First State identified that high-achieving Australian kids who strive to reach their sporting goals, no matter how small or large those goals might be, are in need of financial support.

Sports Boost first launched in 2013 and over the past 6 years, the program has given away over $180k to young Australian athletes striving to make it big in their respective disciplines.

Different to other funding programs, Sports Boost doesn’t restrict itself to one sport – rather it aims to give support to elite junior athletes regardless of the sport they have chosen to pursue.

Not only does Sports Boost allow us to give support to Australia’s best junior athletes, but it also allows us to feature them across our networks, giving them even more support and exposure, aiming to lift their profile and the profile of their sport.

Since 2013 we’ve seen some of the best talent Australia has to offer move through the ranks.

Some of the notable Colonial First State Sports Boost Alumni since the program’s inception include Michael Storer (2018 Vuelta a España), Jessica Thornton and Matthew Denny (2018 Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist), Mack Horton (2016 Olympic and 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist) and Sofia Sakalis (mid-fielder for the Newcastle Jets). Last year we were proud to include 2018 Commonwealth Games rhythmic gymnast bronze medallist Alexandra Kiroi in the list. 

We’ve featured junior athletes from a range of sports including gymnastics, swimming, triathlon, athletics, taekwondo, cycling, rowing and volleyball, amongst others. Entrants have hailed from all states and territories, and have competed on the world stage all around the globe.

Past Sports Boost programs have been organised alongside National Sporting Organisations, however last year the program underwent a slight change and is now open and accessible to all junior athletes and teams, so enter now!

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