This is a huge boost for Australian sport as, historically, the vast distance between Australia and Europe and the expense of travel and accommodation has been a barrier to European training and competition.
The Province of Varese was chosen for its:
- good climatic conditions
- access to Malpensa international airport in Milan (located 29 kilometres from Gavirate)
- quiet roads for training and travel to training facilities
- good access to a range of competition venues and training facilities.