British Ski and Snowboarding to get funding in build up to Sochi 2014

  Posted by content on Tuesday 6th March, 2012 @ 13:26 GMT News Category: UK Events | Visited 1152 times
The UK’s high performance sports agency, UK Sport, has today announced that British Ski and Snowboarding will receive an award of up to £348,450. The money is to be invested in their athletes’ preparations for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
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After the collapse of SnowsportGB prior to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, UK Sport had been unable to invest in snow sports until the full establishment of a new British Ski and Snowboard national governing body.

According to ifyouski.com, UK Sport is now fully confident that a performance programme to support the most talented athletes is now in place, and due to this, they are comfortable investing in the sports once again.

Hopefully this new investment will help bring home some gold medals in 2014.

The initial award is short term, will run until September this year, and will allow the sport to support the athletes for the remainder of the current competition season.

At the next review point UK Sport will consider the organisational development of the sport and the performance progress and they will then decide on whether to make a further award for the remainder of the build up to Sochi 2014.

The award is looking to focus mainly on the new Olympic slopesyle disciplines in skiing and snowboarding. Britain currently has a number of athletes who have been doing extremely well in this discipline at world famous events and therefore it is a wise choice to focus the attention to try and go for slopestyle gold.

This award adds to the existing £11.3 million UK Sport investment of National Lottery and Government Exchequer funding into British winter Olympic and Paralympic sports towards success in Sochi 2014.

Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, told the ifyouski.com: “We are pleased to welcome British Ski and Snowboard to the winter sports World Class Performance Programme. It is testament to the recent progress they have made as a sport after a difficult period.

"We have, as ever, applied our investment principles rigorously and the sport has made a credible business case for a performance programme that could deliver medallists at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014. They have made significant strides on a performance potential basis and this initial investment is recognition of the work that has been done so far.”

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