UK Sport funding announcement provides gateway to PyeongChang 2018 for GB Short Track

26 Jun 2014
The GB Short Track team are now looking forward to PyeongChang 2018 following the news that the sport has been awarded £4.35million in funding over the next four year cycle.

The indicative figure awarded by UK Sport, which equates to £753,800 annually, is based on strict conditions being met in year one to develop and grow the sport in order to create a medal winning programme ahead of the next Winter Olympics.

Director of Performance for Short Track Speed Skating, Stuart Horsepool commented: “Following our most successful Winter Olympic Games earlier this year, UK Sport has recognised that GB Short Track is now an effective small operation, and we will now be working closely with them over the next year to develop the sport and our world class athletes even further.

“The funding announcement has come as welcome news to us all, and we are delighted to once again have the backing and support of UK Sport to enable us to continue growing. It is a vote of confidence, but we still have to work hard to evolve. We have some strict conditions to meet to ensure the funding continues after year one, but we have a strong team in place and we will be putting everything into this over the next year to ensure the improvements are implemented”.

UK Sport has outlined that GB Short Track needs to focus on continuing to improve athletes’ performance during the next year. They will now be working closely with UK Sport and its Performance Talent Team to develop a strategic operational plan which will see them through to PyeongChang.

Nick Sellwood, Chief Executive Officer of Short Track Speed Skating added: “This announcement is a really positive step forward for the sport, providing a platform for the short track programme to enhance its current position within winter sports.

“It provides us with a fantastic opportunity which we will embrace and deliver on. The squad have improved incredibly over the past four years and the team will now be concentrating their efforts on furthering that success, culminating in PyeongChang in four years time.”