Further investment to support Beijing 2022 success confirmed
Published 28 June 2019
£1,685,000 boost to Beijing 2022 Paralympic funding
Ski and Snowboard receive £1,293,000 additional funding
Snowboard, Para Ski and Snowboard and Wheelchair Curling will all receive an
uplift in funding to support their preparations ahead of the Beijing 2022
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
meeting of the UK Sport Board as part of the Winter Sport Annual Review
process, it was agreed that the three sports will share an additional £2,978,000
Para Ski and
Snowboard will receive an additional £748,000 of funding to support their alpine,
snowboard and Nordic skiing programmes. The award reflects the potential of the
team ahead of Beijing following their success at the 2019 Para Alpine World
Championships where they picked up nine medals across ski and snowboard events,
including two golds for Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jen Kehoe.
Curling investment of £937,000 comes in the form of Medal Support Plan funding
in recognition of their growing potential following recent successes, which
included a silver medal at the World Championships in Stirling.
funding of £1,293,000 for Ski and Snowboard will be directed to athletes in the
new Olympic discipline of Ski Big Air along with the Half Pipe and Snowboard
Chelsea Warr, Director of Performance at
UK Sport said, “Following
some notable successes across several sports during the winter season, which
demonstrates increasing potential as we move towards Beijing, there were some compelling
cases for additional investment.
delighted to be strengthening our support for Ski and Snowboard and Para Ski
and Snowboard and are really excited about the potential of the team following
some strong individual performances at their respective World Championships. James
Woods became the first British man to win a World Championship gold medal on
snow when secured the slopestyle world gold. Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jen Kehoe also
won two golds at the Para Alpine World Championships and became the first
skiers to win both Paralympic and world titles.
have also had an impressive season, beating world champions Norway en route to
a World Championship silver medal, demonstrating their potential for Beijing
are intended to support our efforts to build on our most successful Winter
Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang last year.”
winter sport funding, an additional £144,000 will be invested in Para Taekwondo
to support two additional athletes, including Matt Bush who recently became World Champion, in the run up to Tokyo 2020.