Diving is rewarded with big cash boost
ANDY BANKS has welcomed the near 15 per cent increase in funding that British diving has received from UK Sport in the lead up to the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Plymouth Diving's Great Britain coach said the double-digit hike to £7.5million, to cover the next four years is a 'show of faith in the sport's results and development programme'.
The news of the UK Sport's funding for the next four-year cycle in the build up to the Brazil Games came as Banks and his Plymouth Olympians joined the remainder of Team GB's athletes and hierarchy at Southend.
Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley and fellow London Games stars Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow joined their coach and British Diving chief Alexei Evangulov for a 'pre-Rio' assessment at the Essex aquatic centre.
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In total there are eight Plymouth divers, including city-born Shanice Lobb and new signings from Crystal Palace Frankie Del Celo, Robin Birch, Rhea Gayle and Victoria Vincent, for the three-day get-together.
Banks said he was heartened that diving will be one of the beneficiaries as the list of winners and losers post the London showpiece was released yesterday.
He said: "It's really good news as it means diving will get a £1 million increase (up from £6.5million in 2012) ahead of the Rio Games.
"We get funding on a four-year cycle and I think it shows the powers what be are pretty happy with how we did in London overall.
"From next year everything will point towards Brazil and the next Olympics, which is why all of us involved in Team GB are in Southend for these three days.
"We will all be working hard to make sure that Plymouth plays as big a part in gaining success at Rio, as we did in London.
"Having the Life Centre in Plymouth has been a major boost for all of us at Plymouth Diving and for people in the city.
"In February we host the national championships so our guys will have to fight off the next generation of athletes coming through.
"We've attracted five young divers from Crystal Palace and they, along with others, will be vying with Tom, Tonia and Sarah over the next four years to try and get places at the Games.
"Everything starts over again now, so knowing we've been rewarded with more funding is a terrific fillip."