€1m to help our athletes go for Rio gold
OLYMPIC hopefuls have got a €1m boost in State funding ahead of the Rio 2016 games, writes Brian Byrne.
Young people in 59 grassroots sporting organisations are also set to benefit from a €19.6m investment by the Irish Sports Council this year.
The funding includes €8.16m for high performance sports programmes with a further €1.6m allocated to help provide top athletes with financial, medical and other support.
The investment also includes €10.85m distributed across 59 national governing bodies with a focus on youth development.
At €1,450,000, Special Olympics Ireland will receive the bulk of this funding, with a boost of €40,000 to support its participation in the World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July.
The council has also set aside €600,000 for the Women in Sport programme, which was launched in 2005 to encourage greater participation by women and girls in a variety of sporting activities.