Olympic success may not mean more funding for sports

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Radio Sport staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 1:44PM
Eliza McCartney exceeded expectations at Rio winning a bronze medal (Photosport).
Eliza McCartney exceeded expectations at Rio winning a bronze medal (Photosport).

Olympic success may not mean more funding for sports

Author
Radio Sport staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 1:44PM

Individual success at the Olympics may not directly translate to an increase in funding for national sporting bodies.

Shooter Natalie Rooney, canoe slalom paddler Luuka Jones and pole vaulter Eliza McCartney all exceeded expectations, winning medals in Rio.

Shooting received $101,000 throughout the four-year Olympic cycle, winning just one silver like cycling, which was given $26 million.

High Performance Sport New Zealand boss Alex Baumann said they'll consider increasing the sport's spending, but the smarter option is funding the individual.

"We do have a fairly flexible approach where we can put campaigns around specific individuals and we did that with Luuka and Mike Dawson. We gave some support to Natalie Rooney. They would be looking at increased support."

Top-tier sports such as rowing, cycling, sevens and equestrian failed to deliver the medal hauls expected, while triathlon, hockey, swimming and football also disappointed for the funding they received.

Baumann said it's entirely possible those sports will lose some funding, but they have to be careful.

"Because it's not just the Rio results that we take a look at. We have to take a look at future potential because ultimately out goal is 16 plus in Tokyo. The historical performance is only one criteria that we will take a look at for investment. It is an important one though."

Baumann said they expect to have the same amount of funding for the four-year cycle leading into Tokyo, which is near $27 million.