Six Scots land vital cash through SAPAs fund
5th May 2013
Four Scottish Olympians plus GB Internationals Mark Dry and Steph Twell have landed important financial support via the sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards (SAPAs).
Lynsey Sharp, Eilidh Child, Freya Ross and Eilish McColgan (pictured) are recipients with Dry and Twell taking the track and field allocation up to six.
And, while some are already on support from UK Athletes, for others the top-up cash is crucial as they pursue full-time training regimes and seek top-class competition around the globe. The athletes in question will receive almost £40,000 between them in grants.
Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, joined sportscotland Chair Louise Martin CBE and sportscotland Director of High Performance Mike Whittingham at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow to announce the Scottish athletes and sports being given the awards.
In total, a sum of £396,917 has been allocated to 15 sports in the second round of three SAPA announcements, which is a significant increase from the first investment of £204,000 and 13 sports, revealed during financial year 2011/12.
When the third and final round of SAPAs is announced at a later date, sportscotland will have invested over £1 million and supported well over 100 high performance athletes with this initiative.
Shona Robison said: ‘The sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards can make the difference to our athletes vying for a place on the podium, and it’s great to see the prospects of some 62 individual Scottish athletes plus those involved in the sports receiving team awards being significantly boosted.
‘We are now approaching the business end of the athletes’ preparations and all the work they are doing with the Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport and the world-class support they are receiving from the sportscotland institute of sport coaches, scientists, and experts has ensured that Team Scotland’s athletes will be the best prepared going into a Commonwealth Games.’
The awards are from the sportscotand Lottery Fund and additional investment from the Scottish Government.
Awards help the athletes cover their regular training, competition and living costs. Additional support in these areas can be invaluable for athletes striving for Commonwealth or Olympic success.
The sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards (SAPA) were established as a three-year initiative specifically targeted at potential medal-winning athletes for Glasgow 2014, covering the
Mike Whittingham said: ‘Some of our athletes are already on world-class programmes which are UK-funded and require a ‘top-up’, while others are in the early stages of their high performance career
‘SAPAs help ensure that Scottish athletes have the time to be fully focussed and concentrate on important areas such as recovery and injury prevention. It is challenging to achieve success on the word stage and meticulous preparation is an essential ingredient.
‘Scotland is increasingly becoming a great place to be a high performance athlete as we have growing investment coupled with new world-class facilities and equipment. The ability to increase training and contact time with coaches will help enormously as Team Scotland and its athletes aim to deliver success and to help achieve their best ever results at the Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympics.’