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THE GLADSTONE and District Sports Foundation is set to relaunch.

The foundation helped send hundreds of athletes to sporting events across the country for more than 15 years before it was disbanded in 2002.

Like so many community supported ideas, support waned, interest rates dropped, insurance costs rose and the foundation was forced into recess.

Three years later, if for no other reason than to protect former mayor Col Brown's legacy, members old and new, are gearing up to get the foundation back on its feet.

Ellen Cass said the committee was waiting on the go ahead from solicitors and then athletes could tap into a nest egg of about $100,000.

Ms Cass said since the foundation's start it had been helping athletes and their families with their financial burdens. The Harbour City BMX Club publicity officer Astrid Baade was excited about the possibility.

'The majority don't get sponsorship and most of the cost goes to the family. Unless you're in the elite riders there's no cash prize.'

'Next year the Nationals are going to be in Adelaide. We'll have to fly, then there's accommodation expense and at least one parent has to travel with the kids.

'You have that expense but you do it for them because that's what you do as a mum but the foundation would help.'



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