Revealed: The incredible honor that awaits the Matildas after their World Cup qualifier for third place against Sweden
The Matildas will be given the keys to the city at a fan day in their honor in Brisbane following their World Cup qualifier for third place against Sweden.
Australia’s national team have broken television viewing records, filled stadiums and changed the sport forever during their incredible run of tournament success and Sunday’s ceremony will likely be the first of many. series for skipper Sam Kerr and his teammates.
The Matildas will receive the honor at the City Botanical Gardens Riverstage beginning at 10:30 a.m.
“Keys to the city are awarded to those who embody the ideals of Brisbane, and the tenacity, team spirit and determination of the Matildas are a perfect example of what it means to be not just a resident of Brisbane , but an Australian,” Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
The Matildas (seen joking during a team photo on Friday) will be handed the keys to the city of Brisbane in what is sure to be the first of many ceremonies congratulating them on their incredible run at the World Cup.
News of the honor follows Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s announcement that women’s sport in Australia would receive a $200 million boost after the Matildas gave the country “a nationally inspired moment”.
He also announced the appointment of an expert panel of former female athletes to help design the program, including Liz Ellis, Lauren Jackson, Madison de Rozario and Tal Karp.
“This is an important announcement, so that women and girls across Australia can have the facilities and support they need to choose a sport they love and be able to participate in it,” said Mr. Albanian.
“We’re going to see an explosion in participation in sport, and that’s why this $200 million will make a difference.”
Skipper Sam Kerr’s wish for better grassroots funding was granted in a major way with a huge announcement on Saturday
Anthony Albanese (pictured during the Australia v England World Cup game) has revealed a $200m funding boost for women’s sport in Australia
The investment comes after Matildas captain Sam Kerr asked for more money to help develop grassroots football in Australia after the historic Women’s World Cup semi-final.
Funding will be available to upgrade facilities and provide equipment, especially for women and girls, with the aim of getting more into the sport.
The program will be available for all sports, but football, as the most played game in Australia, will require significant resources.
Applications for the program grants are expected to open in early 2024.
Sports Minister Anika Wells said providing safer facilities was vital.
“Too often, women and girls change in the men’s room, wear boys’ uniforms, play with men’s equipment on poor pitches where boys’ teams wouldn’t practice,” he said. she declared.