SURFING: Olympic backing for champion Tyler Wright
NEW women's world surfing champion Tyler Wright will receive a $20,000 boost from the Australian Olympic Committee.
With five new sports added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, including surfing, the AOC executive has decided athletes from those sports should be included in the Medal Incentive Program.
Based on results at world championships or equivalent events, Wright and skateboarding champion Shane O'Neill will each get $20,000.
Surfing Australia chair Layne Beachley said: "Surfing is excited to be part of the Olympic movement and this extra funding from the AOC provides added incentive for our world tour athletes to achieve strong and consistent results leading into Tokyo in 2020.
"I am incredibly proud of Tyler Wright's dominant performance on the 2016 WSL Women's World Tour and have no doubt her outstanding achievements will inspire a generation of future world champions and Olympians."
Wright just completed one of the most dominant world title campaigns in history by finishing the year with another World Tour victory in Hawaii.
"I sincerely appreciate the support from the AOC and am really looking forward to the opportunity to represent Australia on an Olympic stage," Wright said.