Harry Triguboff Makes Huge Donation To Australian Olympic Medalists
generous donation to Tokyo Olympic medalists and justice for Australian Paralympians have contributed to a celebratory week in Australian sport.
Meriton managing director, Mr Harry Triguboff AO, has generously donated $5,000 to each Australian Olympic Team member who won a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The donation is a total of $645,000, with AOC President John Coates AC stating that for the athletes, this is will be an unexpected reward.
Coates said: “Harry is hugely proud of what our Team achieved in Tokyo, and for him to say “thank you” in this way is hugely generous and most unexpected.”
“The donation is per medal, so for those Olympians whose efforts were rewarded with multiple medals, it will make coming home to family and friends all the sweeter.
“On behalf of the AOC, and in particular our 99 medals winners, we say thank you Harry,” Coates said.
Mr Triguboff said the donation was attributed to the impact of COVID-19 and the “close to recession” state of the economy,
Triguboff said: “The medallists in Tokyo made us all very happy and we were glued to the television and were only thinking of our athletes during this difficult time.”
The donation adds to a triumphant week for Australian athletes, on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing his government would fund medal bonuses for Australia’s Paralympians.
Prior to this announcement, Australian Paralympic athletes do not receive any cash bonuses for winning medals.
Scott Morrison said the change recognised the “national significance of the Paralympic team.”
The Prime Minister said: “(Australia’s Paralympians) have shown discipline, focus, determination, dogged persistence, a great sense of humour, a great sense of the Australian spirit.”
“We have witnessed the essence of what sport is all about: being the best you possibly can be,” Morrison said.
Payments for Paralympians will now be equal to their counterpart Olympians, being $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000.