Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone is demanding the Weatherill Labor Government provides the $150,000 in sponsorship needed to save Adelaide Lightning.
“The Weatherill Government ran out of excuses for not supporting the Lightning when it pocketed an $857 million GST windfall on Tuesday night,” said Mr Whetstone.
“There is a flood of extra money into the State Government’s coffers and using just a tiny portion of that additional money will secure the future of one South Australia’s most iconic sporting teams.
“The future of women’s basketball in South Australia is at crisis point with the Adelaide Lightning in danger of permanently closing its doors without the required funds by today.
“It would be an absolute disaster to lose the Lightning and see young, aspiring female athletes moving interstate to pursue basketball at a higher level. If there is no pathway to the elite level, players will have no choice but to leave the state.
“This is not just about saving one of our most successful sporting teams, this is about the bigger picture, the future of women’s sport in this state.
“South Australia cannot afford to lose an elite level sporting team with such an illustrious history and critical role in the continuation of women’s basketball in South Australia for want of a mere $150,000.
“The State Government could even save the Adelaide Lightning through commercial sponsorship to display the SA logo and promote tourism and investment during matches.
Mr Whetstone called on the Minister for Recreation and Sport to immediately secure the future of the Adelaide Lightning.
“The Minister for Sport has stated that governments have not been in the business of providing funding to elite-level sporting clubs but the Minister must realise that losing an elite sporting team has wider spread ramifications at a grassroots level,” Mr Whetstone said.