Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Investment to increase chance of Kiwi sporting success in Rio

Investment to increase chance of Kiwi sporting success in Rio
December 12, 2014

High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) has confirmed its investment in sports over the next two years in the build up to the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Chief Executive Alex Baumann says the investment decisions are aimed at increasing New Zealand’s chances of success in Rio de Janiero, at the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018, and providing support to 2020 hopefuls.

Baumann says that 2014 has been another stellar year for New Zealand athletes who have stood on the podium at world championships and other pinnacle events, and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games when Kiwis won 45 medals including 14 golds.

Baumann explained “the outstanding performances by athletes from our key targeted sports has given us increased confidence that our strategy is right and that we’re tracking well towards the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"While we are very pleased with these performances we still have work to do as we continue to drive our targeted approach with the aim of increasing the probability of international success when it matters the most.”

HPSNZ delivers investment to 14 targeted sports and also provides one or two year campaign investment to support specific campaigns.

Baumann says that over the four-year funding cycle to the end of 2016, HPSNZ will invest almost $130 million direct to the national sport organisations it supports.

In addition to that, HPSNZ is providing another $72 million in support that goes directly to athletes through grants and scholarships, as well as expert advice. HPSNZ experts work with athletes including in the areas of strength and conditioning, performance nutrition, sports medicine, physiotherapy, biomechanics, sports psychology, and campaign planning. Some sports and athletes are also assisted with technology and innovation, including through HPSNZ’s ‘goldmine team’ of engineers, to help give them a competitive edge.

Baumann says that HPSNZ remains focused on winning on the world stage at the highest level, and continues to build depth in sports with the greatest potential for winning medals at the Olympic Games, gold medals at the Paralympic Games and world championships for non-Olympic sports.

Baumann added “we’re also building sustainability in the high performance system through our investment so that New Zealanders win medals in 2020 and beyond.”

In the announcement, the top three Tier 1 targeted sports of rowing, cycling (pictured below) and yachting, which are seen as having the potential to win multiple medals for New Zealand in Rio, will receive increases over the next two years "to see if they can convert additional medals and build a more sustainable system with the additional investment".

Baumann continues "Paralympics NZ gets an increase to chase gold medals and provide more support to its gold medal potential athletes heading to Rio, the women’s rugby sevens team receives more support to help their Rio campaign, and an extra $100,000 a year goes to Athletics NZ specifically to support athletes aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

"Surf Life Saving, which has had back-to-back world championship wins, has been allocated extra over the next two years to help them retain their world championship title in 2016.

"In recognition of their efforts at the Commonwealth Games, judo is receiving seed investment with the aim of identifying potential Tokyo Olympics contenders.

"Gymsports’ Dylan Schmidt, a gold medallist at the Youth Olympics in trampoline who placed 15th at his first senior world championships, gets some assistance to help him compete internationally with the aim of building towards the Tokyo Olympics."

Swimming, triathlon and the hockey men’s programme are among those to have decreases in investment after not meeting all of their performance goals.

Baumann concluded “we had to make some tough calls but while some sports have had reductions, we have retained a sufficient level of investment to ensure we don’t cut too deeply into their ability to deliver results in the future because we do believe these sports have the strategies, programmes and people in place to make gains in the future.”

HPSNZ backs national sport organisations  with four, two or one year funding.

Further investment decisions at the end of 2015 to determine 2016 investment levels for some sports, and fine-tune amounts leading in to the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games that year.

3rd October 2014 - INTERNATIONAL BOARD ANNOUNCES RECORD GLOBAL INVESTMENT IN RUGBY

5th August 2014 - HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT NEW ZEALAND CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL COMMONWEALTH GAMES

28th January 2010 - IRB BEGINS PLANNING FOR OLYMPIC DEBUT


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 

Pico Play

Pico Play is a global leader in the planning, design, development and construction of world-class themed attractions and entertainment that deliver extraordinary and memorable experiences to millions…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Tourism

 
 

The Pool Enclosure Company

Welcome to The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC). We provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business