Why we exist

Why Australia needs Green and Gold Athletes

Many talented young athletes are denied the opportunity to pursue their dreams of representing our country 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 – an innovative model to directly support aspiring elite young athletes. Nat’s own experiences, and those of fellow Olympians and Paralympians, highlight that many athletes selected to represent Australia are stymied by finances.

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.

Green and Gold Athletes provide opportunities to offset the costs of competition, through matched funding; teach athletes and their families how to raise funds themselves, to achieve some financial independence; and be inspired by the presence and stories of our Green and Gold Greats.

The Green and Gold Athletes funding model of direct, bespoke athlete support and sustainability will provide a structured, nurturing pathway to ensure an athlete’s best chance on the field, the track, the court or in the pool.


To turn Green into Gold.


To nurture, uplift, develop and sustain athletes on their journey from emerging to elite, through education, a connected community and financial support opportunities.


To enrol philanthropists, corporates, small business owners, business networks and everyday Australians to invest (time, money and resources) in our athletes whose sights are set on the greatest heights, as they navigate their climb in the Green & Gold.