After record breaking season, GB Snowsport will benefit from almost £200k in increased investment
GB Snowsport have welcomed UK Sport’s decision to invest an additional £173,000 into GB Snowsport programmes for the Milan-Cortina cycle as part of a wider increase of £2.4m into winter Olympic and Paralympic sport.
The bulk of the new investment will go towards the Paralympic programme following a season of remarkable results including Scott Meenagh’s history-making Para Nordic World Championships silver medal last season, while £41,000 has been set aside to support GB Snowsport’s Olympic disciplines in meeting higher costs for summer training programmes as climate conditions make European training camps a significant logistical challenge.
Commenting on news of the increased investment, GB Snowsport Chief Executive Vicky Gosling, said:
“It has been a record-breaking season at GB Snowsport, with the Olympic and Paralympic teams winning more medals than ever before, including one in every discipline we represent.
“This has taken incredible skill and resilience from the team and the additional UK Sport funding will be crucial as we ramp up our preparations for Milan-Cortina. We want to give our athletes, like Scott Meenagh, every chance of success and are grateful to the National Lottery for their continued support and investment in such a special group of individuals.”
Dr Kate Baker, Director of Performance at UK Sport, said:
“[The] announcement of additional financial support for five of our Olympic and Paralympic winter sports recognises the incredible potential of our current crop of athletes.
“They delivered several extraordinary sporting moments last season, and we are excited to see them back in action later this year as we continue to pursue our ambition to become an ever-greater force in Winter Olympic and Paralympic sport.
“Of course, we wouldn’t be able to continue to invest in these talented young athletes without the incredible support we continue to receive from National Lottery players who power Olympic and Paralympic sport in this country.”