British Gymnastics awarded extra funding

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It was announced today that six summer Olympic Sports have been awarded extra funding by the UK Sport’s annual review ahead of  the London 2012 Games. The six sports are boxing, canoeing, gymnastics, hockey, rowing and taekwondo. Unfortunately for figure skating they have had all funding cut. What an awful pity, I’m sure that  Going For Gold will have something to say about that.There’s a very strong and powerful quote on the Ollie Williams BBC article by Gordon Farquhar, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sports News and Olympics Correspondent;

For every gymnast turning hoops celebrating a funding boost, there’s an athlete in a tutu and skates whose dreams have been shattered

Each sport was awarded the financial boost due to their strong performances this year. Out of the £2.6 milllion surplus gymnastics will receive £625,000. Whilst I’m glad that British Gymnastics has received this extra funding, I really feel for the athletes from other sports who have had their funding cut or even withdrawn. You can read more about the extra funding awarded to each sport (or what money has been withdrawn) in Ollie Williams article on the BBC Sport website

Jane Allen CEO of British Gymnastics said about the increase

“British Gymnastics is delighted with the news today that UK Sport has increased their investment in our World Class Programme. We believe that this is a direct result of the outstanding achievements our World Class Programme has accomplished to date and we are grateful for the increased funding, as this will, not only, strengthen the athlete support for 2012, but will also provide a stronger legacy in the World Class Programme going forward to 2016″

Speaking of London 2012, now is your last chance to enter the competition to win a commemorative London 2012 gymnastics coin on Full Twist.

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