Ice skating receives £ 80,000 from UK Sport Beijing support fund
UK Sport today announced a new Beijing Support Fund with £ 138,000 to be invested in seven sports ahead of next year’s Olympic Winter Games.
Biathlon, bobsleigh, figure skating, freestyle ski jumps, luge, short track speed skating and speed skating will all see their final preparations and performances at the Games in China raised by this new Fund.
Sports that do not currently receive funding from the world-class program, that have achieved significant international results, and whose athletes or teams are on track to qualify for Beijing were eligible to apply for the Fund.
The fund will be used for training and competition costs, in particular for figure skating to obtain the support of a choreographer and a bobsleigh who will use the grant to attend an international training week on the track Beijing Olympics.
The seven sports that applied will receive the offer of a prize. The distribution of investments is as follows, up to:
Biathlon – £ 6,000
Bobsleigh – £ 40,000
Figure skating – £ 40,000
Freestyle Skiing – Jumps – £ 6,000
Luge – £ 6,000
Short Track Speed Skating – £ 20,000
Speed skating – £ 20,000
Michelle Draper, CEO of British Ice Skating, said: “We are delighted that UK Sport has recognized ice skating as part of the Beijing Support Fund.
“This vital investment will give our athletes a greater opportunity not only to qualify for Beijing 2022, but will give them the chance to realize their potential at the Games.
The Fund demonstrates a welcome commitment to our skaters as they aim to succeed on the world stage.
UK Sport CEO Sally Munday said: “With less than four months before the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, we are delighted to have set up the Beijing Support Fund so that these sports, athletes and teams can benefit from it.
“This is the first such fund for winter sports under UK Sport’s new mission, which places particular emphasis on demonstrating our commitment to a wider group of sports, athletes and teams in our high performance community.
“The Fund will provide crucial support to everyone involved in the final months leading up to the Games as they aim to qualify first and then look to give their best in Beijing. We look forward to working with these seven sports to help them succeed. “