British Rowing Welcomes UK Sport and Sport England Investment Announcements

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British Rowing has welcomed UK Sport’s announcement today that its investment approach for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 will continue to focus on medal success as the key outcome.

UK Sport had undertaken a strategic review of its performance investment policy to inform investment strategy for Tokyo, which included a public consultation last year. 

The public consultation findings, revealed that 86 per cent of UK Sport’s partners, including British Rowing, and 70 per cent of public respondents endorsed UK Sport continuing to focus on Olympic and Paralympic medal success as a key goal.

Andy Parkinson, CEO of British Rowing said: ‘British Rowing welcomes UK Sport’s announcement that its investment policy for the Tokyo Investment cycle (2017-2021) remains focused on medal success as the key outcome, and that UK Sport will continue to focus on Olympic and Paralympic sports like rowing. We also welcome the continuance of the strategy to support every potential medal and medallist over a two Games period.

 ‘Our Olympic and Paralympic success serves as an inspiration to many and has been a key driver in increased participation in rowing since UK Sport’s inception in 1997. 

‘Growing participation in the sport is a fundamental objective of British Rowing. We therefore also welcome confirmation today from Sport England that their investment in rowing remains at current levels. This follows a 12 per cent increase in participation in rowing in the 12 months to October 2014, as revealed in the Active People Survey results announced in January.

‘We are committed to continue the modernisation of British Rowing as an organisation and ensure that the sport has a sustainable future.’

Please follow the link here to the full UK Sport statement – http://we.tl/FNeCKEIgIC  

Please follow the link here to the Sport England sports funding announcement – http://sportengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/march/19/new-projects-to-benefit-from-diverted-sports-funding/

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