After an annual review conducted by the UK Sport British Swimming will continue to receive the level of funding they have been allocated for the for the 2013-17 quadrennial, which equals £20,795,828 (approximately $31,679,324.58 USD)
The Annual Investment Review takes into consideration sports’ achievements in their milestone events in 2014 and any changes to medal opportunities at the Rio 2016 Games, as well as progress in crucial areas off the field of play, such as leadership, structure and governance.
In its annual review UK Sport determines funding level based on targets for each year. Swimming, para-swimming and diving all exceeded those targets.
Swimming – Commonwealth Games:
- Target Min – 22 medals
- Target Max – 26 medals
- Result – 33 medals
Diving – FINA World Cup
- Target Min – 5 top 8 finishes
- Target Max – 1 medal and 4 top 8 finishes
- Result – 1 medal and 5 top 8 finishes
“We wouldn’t expect to make any major changes to our investments at this stage in the cycle, but it is important we are able to review annually in order to be responsive to the competitive environment and to protect and enhance medal potential where additional funds can make a difference,” said Liz Nicholl, UK Sport CEO.
During the review process the association did make a strong push for the diving program to receive increased funding which would be allocated towards the young divers striving towards the 2020 games. UK Sport did not grant an increase in funding.
“While we welcome the continued support for our Olympic and Paralympic sports, British Swimming must express disappointment that additional funding has not been made available to prepare the nation’s young athletes on the road to Tokyo,” said David Sparkes, CEO of British Swimming.
“British Diving continues to show an increasing strength in depth through exciting, young talent and made a strong case to UK Sport for additional Podium Potential places but UK Sport has chosen to focus resources only on Rio without encouraging a longer-term strategy.”