UK Sport funding announcement pleases Whittingham
Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance at the sportscotland institute of sport, has reacted positively to UK Sport’s Olympic and Paralympic funding announcement. Commenting, Mr Whittingham said:
“I am delighted that we can now plan the final touches for Glasgow 2014 and Sochi 2014, and also look ahead and determine how to help our athletes aspiring to be in Team GB and ParalympicsGB in Rio. Today’s announcement is a significant boost for high performance sport in the UK.
“In Scotland we have been working closely with UK Sport on the Rio cycle, and we are looking forward to collaborating with the British Olympic Association and British Paralympics Association going forward to 2014.
“2012 has been an incredibly successful year for Scottish and British sport. Team GB recorded their best ever performance, with Scottish athletes contributing hugely to that success by claiming 20 per cent of the medal haul, including 24 per cent of Olympic gold medals. Scots also helped deliver a wonderful games for ParalympicsGB, winning 11 medals.
“Let’s not forget that a quarter of the 12 nominated athletes for BBC Sports Personality of the Year were Scottish.
“Scotland’s sporting success on the world stage has continued recently with Hannah Miley’s and Michael Jamieson’s success at swimming’s World Short Course Championships, Team Scotland winning six medals in the World Bowls Championships, and Eve Muirhead’s Scotland rink claiming silver in Curling’s World Championships showing they are on course for possible success in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
“sportscotland has been in discussions for several months with Scottish governing bodies of sport and will announce our investment decisions in the New Year. We are delighted with the investment decisions announced today by UK sport as this allows us to protect our high performance athletes who are working towards a best ever result in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.
“UK Sport has also confirmed today that the award we will receive in Scotland over the Rio four-year cycle - which recognises our contribution to the UK World-Class Programmes - will continue at the same level of financial support at worst.”