GBR women get funding boost

The GBR women’s recurve team gets a boost of £195,379 for its Tokyo plans after a major grant was awarded by UK Sport based on 2019’s performances. 

The team of Sarah Bettles, Bryony Pitman and Naomi Folkard beat China to take a recurve bronze medal match at the World Championships in the Netherlands in June. 

Chelsea Warr, Director of Performance at UK Sport said: “The additional investments we are announcing today are all about further maximising Tokyo medal potential following some strong performances in 2019 across a number of our summer sports.”

Further investments were made in basketball, fencing, wheelchair fencing and skateboarding. 

“These are sports that have demonstrated their clear potential to qualify and compete at the highest level in 2019 but also their positive social impact in local communities.” said Sports Minister Nigel Adams. 

David Tillotson, Director of Sport at Archery GB, commented: “The funding will support the women’s team in their Olympic preparation. Along with the men’s team, GB has qualified full representation at Tokyo; one of only four nations and the only European nation to do so.”

“The women’s team backed up their performances at the World Championships with gold in Minsk at the European Games and Naomi Folkard joined Patrick Huston to win mixed team silver.

“The progress of both squads over the last three years strengthens our ambition for medals in Tokyo.”

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