Sailing big winner with funding increase

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) competing in the Men’s Skiff (49er) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
In a long on air interview with ABC Brisbane last night, Sail-World was asked ´Could Sailing be the new Swimming?’ Naturally we said yes.

The interview request was as a result of the news yesterday of the boost to sailing funding announced by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

Tom Slingsby (AUS) competing in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.


At the 2012 London Olympic Games Australia won just seven Gold medals and as we all know sailing contributed three of those via Tom Slingsby (Laser), Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (49er) and Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (470M).

The ASC estimates that Australia will need to win between 14 and 17 gold medals in Rio to finish in the top five, and 44 to 70 medals overall and its adjusting funding to the Olympic sports with the best record.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) competing in the Men’s Two Person Dinghy (470) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.


Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) competing in the London Olympics 2012.


Australia's sailing medallists at the National Training Centre following London 2012 - Photo Michelle Kearney
Michelle Kearney

After the Australian Sailing team’s strong London 2012 performance Yachting Australia has had its Olympic funding significantly boosted by the ASC.

When the funding was announced for 2013-2014 Sailing has received a massive 16.7% increase of $900,000.

44 Trofeo Princesa Sofia day 4 - Nacra 17
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Yachting Australian CEO Phil Jones commented yesterday ´We are very gratified to receive the extra funding. The two new classes the Women’s 49er FX and the Nacra 17 both present opportunities for Australia to win further Olympic Gold medals in Rio.’

Importantly the ASC has announced that it will be looking closely at the performance of each sport each year, in determining future funding. So if sailing can continue to win World Cup events and World Championships, then its funding could be further enhanced.

The underperforming Olympic sports swimming and athletics have taken a significant financial hit under a new high performance elite sports funding allocation announced by the Australian Sports Commission yesterday.

The ASC had previously warned that there would be 'winners and losers' in a re-positioning of Australia's sports system, and that re-ordering of funding is all to clearing in the 2013-2014 allocations. which are detailed in the table below.


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  SportHighPerformance  Participation 2013-14 Total Investment Allocation2013-14
 Australia’s WinningEdge Investment WholeofSportGrant TransitionFundingTotalAustralia’s WinningEdge Investment (2013-14) Changefrom2012-13Investment
ParalympicSports$9,101,250         --         $9,101,25014.1%-$9,101,250
SwimmingAustralia$8,165,000--$8,165,000-5.8%$616,000$8,781,000
CyclingAustralia(includingBMXAustralia)$7,360,000--$7,360,000-$592,500$7,952,500
RowingAustralia$7,200,000--$7,200,0004.8%$89,400$7,289,400
AthleticsAustralia$6,570,000--$6,570,000-3.8%$296,400$6,866,400
YachtingAustralia$6,300,000          --        $6,300,00016.7%$546,400$6,846,400
HockeyAustralia$5,840,000-$200,000$6,040,000-$661,800$6,701,800
BasketballAustralia$4,780,000-$200,000$4,980,000-$716,400$5,696,400


Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Investment rationale summary   Definitions: Australia’s Winning Edge investment – provides support for the sport to deliver on high performance targets for international success. Whole of Sport Grant – new category enabling sports to make strategic decisions to allocate resources to support high performance or participation priorities.   Transition funding - provides support for the sport to continue to deliver programs over the short term. If the sport cannot demonstrate an enhanced likelihood of international success over the next 12 months, funding will be set at the new Australia’s Winning Edge investment level.   Australian Football League   Investment allocation remains the same. Recognising the unique nature of the Australian Football League (AFL) as a high performance domestic competition, the former high performance grant becomes a whole of sport grant in 2013-14 to continue the AIS/AFL academy partnership.     Australian Paralympic Committee and paralympic sports   Investment allocation increases (14.1%) and 2013-14 will see the highest ever investment of high performance funding to support athletes with a disability in the Paralympic disciplines. This reflects the strong performance of Australia’s Paralympic Team finishing fi