Paralympics Ireland welcomes funding boost for 2013

Government and Irish Sports Council respond to London 2012 Paralympic success with significant 2013 funding boost to Paralympics Ireland

Following the success of the Irish Team at the London Paralympic Games securing 16 medals, the Minister for Tourism & Sport, Mr. Michael Ring TD today announced an investment of €910,000 to Paralympics Ireland for 2013 marking a significant stepping stone for the Paralympic movement in Ireland on the road to Rio 2016. The announcement was part of a package of support to Irish High Performance sport of €8.6 million which also included direct financial support to 25 Paralympic athletes totalling €604,000 under the Irish Sports Council’s International Carding scheme.

When 2012 investment in specific Games costs are excluded, the investment package represents a 10% year on year increase for Paralympics Ireland and bucks the traditional 30-40% cut in year 1 of the Paralympic games cycle experienced after previous Games.

Investment welcomed

Welcoming the investment for 2013, Liam Harbison, CEO of Paralympics Ireland said:

“The response of the Government and the Irish Sports Council to the great success of London 2012 with this investment package is very significant for Paralympics Ireland and sets us on a sound path to further sustained progress on the road to Rio 2016. I’d like to thank the Department and the ISC for responding to our request for improved resource to allow us to sustain the huge progress made in securing 16 medals in London and ensuring we remain ‘fit for purpose’ as an organisation to deliver top class services to Paralympic athletes.”

Rio performance plan set for implementation

Commenting on the investment in the performance programme, Nancy Chillingworth, Paralympic Performance Director said:

“The four year performance plan for Rio can now be implemented in full with increased support to sports, sports science and medical provision and improved levels of professional technical expertise to assist athletes. The plan sets us on a path to sustained success at Rio 2016 commencing with major Championships in each sport over the coming 6 months with athletes already targeting qualification slots for the Games. Continued investment growth throughout the next 4 years is essential for Paralympic sport to continue the huge strides made in London.”

Preparations for Rio 2016 have begun in earnest with the first inspection visit completed this month. Paralympics Ireland are due to publish the London 2012 Debrief Report in the coming week.

Support provided by the Irish Sports Council to Paralympic Sport in 2013

High Performance Plan: €600,000 International Carding Scheme: €604,000 Core Funding: €310,000 Athletes in receipt of Carding Support in 2013 Athletics Orla Barry – Podium – €40,000 Michael McKillop – Podium – €40,000 Jason Smyth – Podium – €40,000 Catherine O’Neill – Podium – €40,000 Heather Jameson – International – €12,000 Ailish Dunne – International – €12,000 Boccia Roberta Connolly – International – €12,000 Padraic Moran – International – €12,000 Cycling James Brown – Podium – €40,000 Colin Lynch – Podium – €40,000 Mark Rohan – Podium – €40,000 Catherine Walsh – Podium – €40,000
 Andrew Fitzgerald – World Class – €20,000
 Katie George Dunlevy – World Class – €20,000 Enda Smyth – World Class – €20,000 Sailing Ian Costelloe – International – €12,000 John Twomey – International – €12,000 Swimming Darragh McDonald – Podium – €40,000 Bethany Firth – Podium – €40,000 Ellen Keane – International – €12,000
 Jonathan McGrath – International – €12,000 Laurence McGivern – International – €12,000 James Scully – International – €12,000 Table Tennis Philip Quinlan – International – €12,000 Rena McCarron Rooney – International – €12,000

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