British Shooting Receive UK Sport Funding Boost Ahead Of Tokyo 2020
British Shooting will receive a significant funding increase from UK Sport to build on its success from Rio and enhance its medal potential heading into the Tokyo Olympic cycle.
In preparation for the next Games, UK Sport began working with sports over a year ago on their individual strategies for success at Tokyo 2020 to ensure that the momentum continues from Rio to Tokyo, providing a significant competitive advantage.
It has today been announced that British Shooting will receive a boost in investment from £3.9million to £7million.
At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, British Shooting secured two bronze medals through Ed Ling and Steve Scott, but also had two finalists in Tim Kneale and Amber Hill. The increase in investment shows a clear recognition of the work British Shooting did to enhance the performance system within the Rio Cycle, but also the future plans that have been evidenced through the Toyko performance strategy.
British Shooting Performance Director, Steven Seligmann, said: “We are extremely grateful for the investment we have receive from UK Sport and the National Lottery, without which, none of what we have achieved would be possible. The funding increase is a result of hard work as well as a committed, focused and unified approach that everyone at British Shooting has contributed to – most notably, the athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff. The hard working people involved in our sport are at the heart of what we delivered in the Rio cycle and what we are aspiring to achieve in Tokyo and beyond.
“’This is fantastic news for shooting and we look forward to continuing to work with athletes across the performance system with a greater focus and determination towards Tokyo and beyond. We have a very exciting group of athletes, who have the potential to get to Tokyo and achieve medal success. It will be important that we continue to invest in the things that will make a difference and will enable athletes to fulfil their Olympic aspirations and ensure GB has world leading people delivering world leading performances.”
British Shooting Chief Executive, Hamish McInnes, said: “This is a very important moment for us. UK Sport and the National Lottery’s funding will allow us to implement and further develop our performance strategy as we head into the Tokyo cycle and beyond.
“I would like to express my thanks to all the staff, volunteers and supporters of British Shooting. We have worked tirelessly to support the performance of our athletes and pave the way for a growth in the sport.”
UK Sport’s strategic leadership and investment approach over the past 20 years, working in partnership with the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations, led to record- breaking performances by Britain’s National Lottery funded athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
Great Britain became the first host nation in history to better both its Olympic and Paralympic medal haul at the next Games, and finished in second place on both medal tables with 214 medals overall and 255 medallists. 214 medals represented Great Britain’s best ever overseas combined Olympic and Paralympic medal haul.
Sports Minister Tracy Crouch said: “Rio 2016 was incredible – our Olympic and Paralympic heroes’ amazing performances made the country proud. The four year journey to Tokyo 2020 starts now and the Government and National Lottery is backing UK Sport to help maintain our place as a sporting superpower.
“UK Sport’s approach to elite sport has proven successful in Beijing, London and Rio and the ambition to win more medals in Tokyo is a bold one that, if achieved, would mean a sensational summer of sport in 2020.”
Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport, said: “We have been working in partnership with sports for over a year to develop their Tokyo strategies and I would like to thank them all for their engagement, professionalism and ambition during this process.
“We would like to invest in every sport but the reality is that we have to prioritise within agreed resources to protect and enhance the medal potential within the system; if we underinvest across the board then the British teams will ultimately underperform at the Games and medal success will be put at risk.
“We know what it takes to win and what it costs to win and believe these investments will deliver medal winning success to inspire the nation once again in Tokyo.”