A £60,000 investment is being made into Scottish canoeing to help build on the Olympic success of Tim Baillie and David Florence.
The duo picked up gold and silver medals in the C2 double canoe slalom at the London Games and now the Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) is determined to capitalise on the surge of interest in the sport.
Having secured the cash injection from the Tayside & Fife Regional Sporting Partnership, the SCA will use the money to recruit a performance coach as well as move forward with plans to create an excellence hub for slalom canoeing in the Aberfeldy area, in Perthshire.
A spokesperson for sportscotland, one of the key partners in the development plans, said: “This investment will further support a performance model which over a number of years has been very successful in producing GB team members who have gone on to win medals at World, European and Olympic events.
“We have seen the success of Tim Baillie and David Florence on the world stage this summer, but this funding will also improve the opportunities for club canoeists across Scotland.
“sportscotland is committed to developing and supporting a world-class sporting system at all levels and we are delighted to be involved in this project.”
Remi Gaspard, SCA performance director, said: “There is a lot of talent coming through the system at the moment and so we need to reinforce our coaching resources to support the athletes on every step of the performance pathway.
“ The appointment of another performance coach for the Tayside and Fife area is key for our performance programme to succeed and we welcome this investment.
“ It is also vital that we have a training centre which allows our athletes to have access to all facilities locally. The formation of an excellence hub would be another huge stride in ensuring we continue to produce world-class and Olympic gold medal winning canoeists.”
The funding will be provided over three years of phased support, based on an annual review.
Tayside & Fife is one of six Regional Sporting Partnerships across Scotland. The aim is to provide local and national partners with the opportunity to work together to plan for sport in their area, collaborate on the delivery of national programmes and explore ways of developing their services in an integrated and complementary way. The Partnership works closely with Active Schools teams, clubs, Sports Governing Bodies, Local Authority sports development teams, universities and colleges and in terms of high-performance, the sportscotland institute of sport.