Why Australia needs Green and Gold Athletes

Many talented young athletes are denied the opportunity to pursue their dreams to represent Australia because they or their families can’t afford to fund training and competition.

The requirement for international travel, equipment, coaching, food and accommodation can mean that green and gold dreams are out of reach, especially for athletes from remote, rural and indigenous communities.

After years of investigation, engagement and passion, Nat Cook OAM OLY founded Green and Gold Athletes Australia Ltd - a new model to directly support aspiring elite young athletes. Nat’s own experience as a five-time Olympian, and those of her fellow elite athletes, highlight that many selected to represent Australia are stymied by finances.

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Green and Gold Athletes helps break down the barriers faced by our emerging elite athletes by providing access to funding, fundraising education and mentoring support – easing the burden an athlete faces once selected to represent Australia.

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Become a sponsored athlete

From the moment an athlete is chosen to wear the Green & Gold, we support them as they navigate their financial wellbeing journey.

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Join #150women

Become one of our first 1,000 women to donate $150 or more to directly support our female athletes who dream of representing Australia.

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Meet our greats

Our “Greats” have proudly worn the Green & Gold for Australia and navigated this road less travelled as an athlete, from emerging to elite. They hold a wealth of knowledge, experience and stories, with a desire to make an impact to support and inspire the next generation.

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As we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, water and community, we proudly recognise the outstanding achievements of our First Nations athletes who have worn the Green & Gold, and continue to inspire those emerging.