Sports Council announces grants for next 12 months
Five boxers retain top grant of €40,000 but a number of athletes see funding cut for the coming year
Iirsh boxer Joe Ward, who will retain his grant of ¤40,000 for the next 12 months. Photograph: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Boxing was the main winner in this year’s Irish Sports Council (ISC) carding scheme allocations. The most successful Irish Olympic sport had five athletes on the maximum €40,000 Podium award with all four medal winners at London 2012, Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes picking up the top grant as well as European light heavyweight champion Joe ward.
The overall total for the Carding Scheme was down from €2.34 million in 2012 to €1.7 million this year, which is a decrease of around €600,000 available to be disbursed among the athletes.
In athletics, Derval O’Rourke is placed in the third International category of awards of just €12,000, while Ken Egan, the Beijing Olympic silver medallist also receives €12,000 despite the fact he announced his retirement from competitive boxing when he was beaten by Ward in the Elite national Senior Championships this year.
Overall the budget to sport has slipped by 2.9 per cent from last year, which has been a regular trend over the past number of years as the country struggles with recession. The Carding scheme is also in transition as the ISC seek to empower national Governing Bosies of sport to play a larger role in the disbursement of money.
“”We are pushing more responsibility onto the governing bodies,” said ISC Chief Executive John Treacy. “WE are giving more money to the NGBs.”
Overall an investment package of €33 million was announced with €19.3 million going to the governing bodies, €5.1 million to local sports and €8.6 million to High Performance sports. Of the €19.3 million that goes to the governing bodies, a substantial chunk of €7.6 million will support the participation programmes of the GAA, FAI and IRFU.
Carding Allocations 2013
€20,000 (World Class)
Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
John Joe Nevin
David Oliver Joyce
John Joe Joyce
Irish Canoe Union
Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association
Katie George Dunlevy
Irish Judo Association
Paralympic Athletics Ireland
Paralympic Swimming Ireland
Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe
Irish Sailing Association