Stephen Park - part 2


Ed Wright
Ed Wright
The RYA Olympic Manager on lottery funding, the competition, Sail for Gold and Rio 2016
This article follows on from part one here £££££ Mainstay of the Skandia Team GBR’s funding comes from the UK’s National Lottery and in this department there is both good and bad news at present. Obviously the UK remains in the midst of a profound economic meltdown, but oddly this has resulted in an upturn in lottery receipts. “It is one of those strange statistics that when times are hard people gamble a bit more," says RYA Olympic Manager, Stephen Park. "So in terms of the money that goes into sport that has gone up a little bit.” So that is the good news. The bad is that in the UK Sport funding announcement made just before Christmas the amount of money coming into sailing from the lottery has been cut by 9% for the period starting this April. “They have extended the number of sports they are supporting,” explains Park. “There were some criticism that UK Sport was choosing to support all the sports to the detriment of the sports that were actually going to win medals. They have a process which they are determining who will win medals, but that system could end up with the rich getting richer, because it is based on past results. If you don’t support some of the sports to a certain extent it is hard for them to get to the first rung on the ladder. So they are in a difficult situation. We make a pretty good case for our share and then we just get on with what we’ve got. Equally, we are also conscious that we are one of the better-funded sports.” The reduced money for sailing amounts to £22,926,600, which sounds like an astronomic sum, but as Park explains this is the total sum for a four year period and importantly is not just for

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