The greatest aspect of the Quarter Club has been its ability to attract individuals and organisations who are committed to being an active contributing member.
With two different membership categories available, our members enjoy a number of exclusive events year-round, all within the membership fee. Plus the opportunity to attend selected premium Adelaide events at discounted rates.
The greatest benefit our members receive is an allocation of tickets to the annual flagship event, the Premier’s Games Appeal Dinner. This is reputably the greatest Gala celebration in South Australia.
We have also created a secure online member directory where you can learn more about your fellow members and access their contact details. Log in is available via this website.
Whilst the Quarter Club is managed by the South Australian Olympic Council our Sub-Committee structure is vital to our operations. There are always opportunities for members to get more involved by serving on one of 3 Sub-Committees.
Limited memberships are available (capped at 125 per category) this is a genuine opportunity to become involved in a results driven Club that supports fellow South Australian’s compete on the world stage.
The South Australian Games Appeal Committee was established in 1994 by the South Australian Olympic Council, when under former chairman, Mr Robert Gerard AO, a number of corporate leaders came together to raise funds towards the Sydney Olympic Games. Such was the success of the Committee’s fundraising that post Sydney Olympics it was decided to continue the efforts towards future Olympic teams.
Since 2001 the Committee committed to raise funds for all three Games organisations, making an extraordinary financial commitment each Olympiad towards not only the Australian Olympic Team, but also the Australian Paralympic Committee and Australian Commonwealth Games Association as well.
In 2003 the Committee was presented a concept to develop an exclusive membership for discerning corporate leaders who share the Committee’s pride and passion to support our countries athletes. With support from the Australian Olympic Committee the Quarter Club was established to underpin its fundraising program.
The Quarter Club provides members business to business prospects, unparalleled networking opportunities, and some of the finest corporate hospitality available in South Australia. Members also have the chance to meet with the Nations most heralded athletes, from Olympic champions to emerging stars.
Funds raised by the South Australian Games Appeal, via the Quarter Club and Premier’s Games Appeal Dinner are donated directly to the three Games organisations to help prepare and send athletes to Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.
The Committee, Quarter Club and Premier’s Games Appeal Dinner are operated by the South Australian Olympic Council whom are audited annually by Ernst & Young.
Further to the contributions received by the three Games organisations the South Australian Games Appeal developed the Robert Gerard AO Emerging Athlete Development Fund in 2009 to help support emerging athletes in South Australia. The Fund provides financial assistance in the form of grants direct to athletes, priority is given to those competing in sports represented at Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. The athlete is to be competing at Junior or Under 23 World Championship level or equivalent.
The Fund is managed by an independent board of Directors, and overseen by KPMG.
The first grants were distributed in 2010, since then over $100,000 has been distributed to over 50 South Australian athletes. We thank the South Australian Sports Institute for their involvement in this program, there considerable input is pivotal to the future success of the Fund.
We have strong evidence the fund has targeted the right athletes with 6 South Australians attending their first Olympics and 2 Paralympians debuting in London being recipients of a Robert Gerard Emerging Athlete grant. The number of athletes will increase considerably come Glasgow 2014 and Rio 2016.
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