Wheelchair Curling UK Sport funding reinstated following World bronze

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Wheelchair Curling UK Sport funding reinstated following World bronze

Following the third Annual UK Sport Investment Review for winter sports in the PyeongChang investment cycle, it was confirmed that Wheelchair Curling, Ski and Snowboard and Short Track Speed Skating will receive a National Lottery investment boost after demonstrating clear medal potential.

Wheelchair Curling have seen their investment reinstated following their bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships which also secured them qualification for PyeongChang. The sport will receive £199,342 to help bolster their medal prospects in South Korea.

“The team has worked incredibly hard to turn around their fortunes after relegation to re-qualify and also medal at the World Wheelchair Championships this season, to guarantee ParalympicsGB a place at the Paralympic Games in 2018.” Graeme Thompson

Graeme Thompson, Performance Director, Wheelchair Curling, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have our UK Sport funding reinstated which helps to support our wheelchair curling programme. The team has worked incredibly hard to turn around their fortunes after relegation to re-qualify and also medal at the World Wheelchair Championships this season, to guarantee ParalympicsGB a place at the Paralympic Games in 2018.

“Today’s announcement is recognition of that achievement and UK Sport’s investment will help to ensure the team are the best prepared they can be for PyeongChang”

“Winter sports have had a strong 2016/17 season and their performances mean we remain on track for another record breaking Games in PyeongChang.” Chelsea Warr

Director of Performance Chelsea Warr, said: “Winter sports have had a strong 2016/17 season and their performances mean we remain on track for another record breaking Games in PyeongChang. Through the annual investment review process, we have identified ways to protect and enhance medal potential at PyeongChang 2018 and adjusted our investment accordingly so that we can be confident of more medals and medallists in South Korea to inspire the nation.”

The annual investment review process takes into consideration each sport’s performance against targets over the past year, as well as the governance of the sport. Sports are invited to discuss the annual investment review with a UK Sport panel where appropriate, which also includes independent scrutiny. Recommendations by the panel are taken to an internal investment board, but must ultimately be ratified by the Board of UK Sport, who met this week and approved the recommendations in full.

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