In the present day (13 February) UK Sport introduced £4m of further funding for sports activities getting ready for the 2024 summer season Olympic and Paralympic Video games.
The funding, which is being shared throughout 33 sports activities, will go in direction of permitting athletes to attend additional qualifying competitions and coaching. The funds comply with an additional £11.2m UK Sport funding introduced in December 2021 – and though dressage, eventing and leaping acquired a £660,662 share of the final pot, solely para equestrian will profit from the most recent further funding.
Britain stays unbeaten within the Paralympics dressage crew competitors; Lee Pearson and Breezer, Natasha Baker and Keystone Daybreak Refrain and Sophie Wells and Don Cara M retained the title in Tokyo.
“To safe an uplift in funding as we construct in direction of Paris in 18 months’ time is implausible information and we’re grateful to UK Sport and the Nationwide Lottery for this enhance at such an important time,” stated Georgina Sharples, British Equestrian para dressage efficiency supervisor.
“With qualification for the Video games secured, this welcome further funding will permit us to make sure the necessities are lined in addition to working with the athletes and horses on further teaching and competitors alternatives.”
Ms Sharples added that the additional funding is not going to solely assist the British para dressage crew’s marketing campaign in direction of Paris, but additionally its “technique and improvements for making certain the long-term future and success of the game”.
“To everybody who performs the Nationwide Lottery, we will’t thanks sufficient, you actually make a distinction,” she stated.
UK Sport director of efficiency Kate Baker stated the extra investments are geared toward supporting sports activities within the run-up to Paris, but additionally whereas “conserving one eye” on the long run.
“It’s critical that we focus our assets on supporting our sensible athletes and workers – with main championships and Paris qualification necessities clearly on the forefront of our minds – and in addition guarantee we proceed to strengthen the system going ahead,” she stated.
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