British Ice Skating has welcomed a £1.6million investment by UK Sport for the Milan-Cortina Winter Olympic cycle.
The two strands of UK sport funding awarded to BIS are Sport Progression, to improve a national winter sports infrastructure, and National Team funding, to help ensure that the most promising athletes can attend major winter sports competitions. championship and qualifying events for the Games.
This news follows the resounding success of the Beijing Winter Olympics where, for the first time in 30 years, British ice skating was represented in every ice discipline of figure skating, short-course speed skating track and long track speed skating.
Michelle Draper, CEO of British Ice Skating, said: “It should not be underestimated what a huge moment this is for our organization and our sport.
“The funding streams we have received will allow us to put in place ways to support future generations and give everyone the opportunity to reach the highest level.
“Ice skating is an accessible winter sport, there are rinks across the country waiting to welcome people. Now, with this significant support from UK Sport, we can set up more pathways to inspire and support skaters across the UK.
“A big thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to get us to where we are today.”
UK Sport reported that today’s announcement marks the start of a program to support the long-term potential of ice skating.
Jon Eley, Head of Performance and Talent at British Ice Skating, said: “We have a huge amount of talent and passion in rinks across the UK, across our three disciplines. This funding announcement not only recognizes those who are already competing at the highest level, but also those skaters who are moving up the ladder ready to make their mark on the world stage.
“We are aligned with UK Sport in wanting to ensure that future generations are supported, so we are extremely excited to be able to build sustainable and accessible systems so that these future high potential athletes can emerge.
“There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us, but these are incredibly exciting times for UK ice skating. The sport in the UK is on an upward trajectory and this investment from UK Sport will allow us to build on that momentum. up to Milan-Cortina in 2026 and beyond.
Sally Munday, CEO of UK Sport, said: “Our investment for the Milan-Cortina cycle aims to tap into a broad talent pool that reflects the diversity of British society. I believe there is a sport for everyone and one of the strengths of our Olympic and Paralympic winter sports is that they can engage a large fan and participant base. Winter sports offer everything from the precision and strategy of curling to adrenaline-fueled freestyle snow sports.
“This investment would not be possible without continued government and National Lottery funding, enabling UK athletes to access the world-class training and support they need to succeed on the world stage. The eight funded sports are poised to reap the benefits of this vital investment at Olympic and Paralympic level, while providing athletes with the platform to inspire future generations.