GB Snowsport Criticises Funding Cut From UK Sport
5th August 2022
Last modified on August 8th, 2022
Alpine skiing has had its best season ever yet is not deemed investible for World Class Programme Funding. Cross-country and Para Nordic are also affected. GB Snowsport has described it as ‘deeply disappointing’ and is appealing.
UK Sport made its announcement of funding for the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic and Paralympic cycle last month.
£11.9m was awarded.
At the time GB Snowsport ‘acknowledged’ the funding and said it ‘marks a welcome reinforcement of UK Sport’s backing of Britain’s skiers and snowboarders’.
However the organisation went on to say ‘we cannot hide our disappointment that we have not yet persuaded UK Sport to back our athletes to the levels we have seen in the recent past’.
Now it has gone further.
“We have had to communicate the deeply disappointing news to our Alpine, Cross-Country and Para Nordic athletes that UK Sport have deemed the three disciplines to not be investible for World Class Programme funding,” said GB Snowsport in a statement.
“While all three disciplines have been named for potential funding at national squad level, and UK Sport have ringfenced a minimal amount of programme funding for the Men’s Slalom programme and for Para Nordic, neither investment level is sufficient to sustain elite performance at the levels required.”
It comes after the most successful season ever for GB’s slalom team with a World Cup victory for Dave Ryding in Kitzbuhel and other podium success from The Rocket.
Dave Ryding, Charlie Guest, Billy Major, Charlie Raposo, Laurie Taylor and Alex Tilley have already been named in the GB World Cup squad for next winter.
Guest, Major, Raposo, Tilley and Ryding all had their best ever season in 2021/22.
Dave Ryding is now calling on people to support the GB alpine team in its quest for funding.
View this post on Instagram
GB Snowsport says the funding gap will mean a cut back with reduced costs throughout the organisation.
It is seeking greater efficiencies within its programmes and actively reaching out to other commercial partnerships.
UK Sport makes its decision on the chance of sporting success and has deemed other wintersport disciplines as more likely for Olympic success at Cortina-Milan 2026.
“We fundamentally disagree with the decision not to invest further into those disciplines, particularly at a time when athletes in all three areas have been delivering some of Britain’s greatest ever results on the snow,” it continued.
It is now appealing.
PlanetSKI followed the performances of Dave Ryding closely last season and met up with him for an extended interview in Obergurgl in the Tirol after his podium success in Garmisch-Partenkirchen towards the end of the season.
As he reaches the end of his career Dave Ryding is keen that the alpine slalom team builds on his success, and that is now under threat with reduced funding and commitment.
If you have a view feel free to comment on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.
There has been some early reaction on the GB Snowsport Facebook page with some criticism of GB Snowsport:
The teams have put their all into their sports and to be dropped in the way it was carried out is shocking . I hope the teams can get funding elsewhere and continue to thrive.
James Brown – Indeed very very sad for the athletes involved.Unfortunately it was also very predictable based on the GBsnowsport strategy for Alpine.
See here for the full post from GB Snowsport: