NSW winter sports athletes will benefit from a $5 million funding package announced by the NSW Government.
Minister for Sport John Sidoti joined Deputy Premier John Barilaro to announce the funding for a state-of-the-art air bag training facility to be located at the Office of Sport’s Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.
Mr Sidoti said the new air bag was an asset to winter sports and the future development of athletes.
"This air bag is the first of its kind in Australia and will help put our winter athletes on a level playing field with the best in the world," he said.
"This new dry land facility will reduce the risk of serious injury and allow athletes to practice and master their tricks before hitting the snow."
Mr Barilaro said “It is fantastic to be able to assist our winter athletes achieve their goals close to home.
"NSW has an incredible record for producing Olympic and Paralympic athletes and this development will assist in further opportunities for not just our current champions, but also our future stars."
The Government investment will play a vital role in the ongoing development of Australian winter sports in the approach to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Once completed, the facility will enable athletes and coaches to live and train in the Jindabyne region for a significantly longer period of time, allowing them to be close to family while training at a world-class facility.