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Funding boost for GB Paralympians

Wheelchair racer David Weir
Weir's double Paralympic gold was one of the GB highlights in Beijing

Britain's Paralympic sport boss Phil Lane welcomed the 16.1m increase in funding ahead of London 2012.

But cash for development has been cut, while the grant of 201,000 for women's wheelchair basketball in Beijing looks unlikely to be renewed.

"A number of proven medal-winning sports have received a significant boost to their funding," said Lane.

"We had aspirations of sending a full team so the home crowd had something to cheer. That may not happen now."

British Paralympians won 102 medals, including 42 golds, in Beijing.

Boccia and shooting saw their funding almost trebled, while cycling enjoyed a 118% increase to 3.85m over the next four years.

Biggest winners are boccia (2.37m - up 285%), shooting (2.1m - up 266%) and wheelchair rugby (2.4m - up 144%)
Swimming is best-funded sport, with 10.06m over four years
Fencing, goalball, volleyball and women's wheelchair basketball unlikely to receive substantial funding

Swimming, responsible for 11 gold medals, will receive 10.06m - an increase of 45% on Beijing funding.

However, the ParalympicsGB organisation has received a cut in funding from 4.29 million to 1.86 million.

"We had a winning formula in two parts. Lottery funding to the sports doubled in the lead-up and ParalympicsGB maximised that investment," said Lane.

"That last bit of the equation will now be missing in part."

Men's wheelchair basketball saw its funding increased but the women's team will not find out until January whether they will receive any grant at all.

However, their representative Paul Hudson was upbeat, saying: "Whilst we do not have an indication of funding for the next four years, probably the most important four years of our women's programme in its history.

"We will work closely with UK Sport and other partner organisations to realise a level of support for the GB women's national team."

see also
Losers in the Olympic cash lottery
03 Dec 08 |  Olympics
Sports handed London 2012 budgets
03 Dec 08 |  Olympics
Olympic funding reaction
03 Dec 08 |  Olympics
Lane ready for challenge of 2012
26 Nov 08 |  Disability Sport
Crates shocked by funding setback
13 Nov 08 |  Disability Sport

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