Para dressage will obtain a £251,000 share of additional funding forward of Paris 2024.
Right now (13 February) UK Sport introduced £4m of extra funding for sports activities making ready for the 2024 summer time Olympic and Paralympic Video games.
The funding, which is being shared throughout 33 sports activities, will go in the direction of permitting athletes to attend further qualifying competitions and coaching. The funds comply with an further £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 extra 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 the 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 extra funding will permit us to make sure the necessities are lined in addition to working with the athletes and horses on extra teaching and competitors alternatives.”
Ms Sharples added that the additional funding won’t solely assist the British para dressage crew’s marketing campaign in the direction of Paris, but in addition its “technique and improvements for making certain the long-term future and success of the game”.
“To everybody who performs the Nationwide Lottery, we are able to’t thanks sufficient, you actually make a distinction,” she stated.
UK Sport director of efficiency Kate Baker stated the extra investments are aimed toward supporting sports activities within the run-up to Paris, but in addition whereas “retaining one eye” on the long run.
“It’s critical that we focus our sources on supporting our sensible athletes and employees – with main championships and Paris qualification necessities clearly on the forefront of our minds – and likewise guarantee we proceed to strengthen the system going ahead,” she stated.
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