Rowing Ireland welcome funding announcement by Sport Ireland

Sport Ireland has announced its investment package for National Governing Bodies for Sport and High-Performance Programmes in 2019. The announcement was made by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena today. The publication of the National Sports Policy in 2018 was significant for the sports sector and has opened the way for increased and strategic investment.

Total funding of nearly €32 million was announced which includes

€12.845 million to be invested in the core activity of National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs) and €8.46 million in NGB High-Performance programmes. The funding process for 2019 was completed in December 2018 and all NGB’s were formally notified of their allocation by the end of 2018.

Rowing Ireland is delighted to have confirmed by Sport Ireland €300k in Core, €620k in High Performance and €45k in Dormant Account Funding.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Minister for Tourism & Sport, Brendan Griffin TD said:

The funding announced today will assist in furthering Ireland’s ambitions at the highest level on the international stage as we head into a critical period for high-performance sport. 2018 was an exceptional year for Irish teams and athletes and we look forward to that success continuing into 2019 with Olympic and Paralympic qualification on the horizon for many athletes. In particular, the move to a two-year model for the International Carding scheme is to be welcomed as we look to give our top athletes the best possible opportunity to realise their potential on the international stage.”


John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, commented:

“Sport Ireland is delighted to be in a position to provide the majority of performing National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnerships with an increase in investment in 2019. A significant development this year is the move to a two-year model for the International Athlete Carding Scheme. This new approach will remove pressures associated with carding criteria and allow athletes to fully focus on Tokyo 2020 qualification and performance. High Performance Programme funding provided to NGBs in 2019 will stand for the funding round in 2020. This commitment from Sport Ireland is provided to well-governed NGBs that are tracking to deliver their targets in Tokyo 2020.”

Sport Ireland also confirmed that in 2019 the International Carding Scheme is tracking for €1.934 million. Athletes who will be in receipt of Carding for 2019 will be announced shortly.   Carding, and high-performance funding in general (subject to the usual T & Cs), is awarded for 2019 & 2020. This provides greater certainty up to Tokyo 2020 for those athletes competing in Olympic classification and is a major step towards multi-annual funding.   


Speaking after the announcement CEO of Rowing Ireland

Michelle Carpenter said:

We at Rowing Ireland thank the Minister, the team at Sport Ireland and the Department of Sport for their support and commitment to our 2019 strategy.  2018 was both a remarkable and memorable year for Rowing in Ireland with two World Championships Gold medals and a number of excellent World and Olympic class-boat placings. This has left Rowing in Ireland with the formidable ranking of second in the World in Olympic class boats. It was an incredible achievement for all involved in the team and those that support us in Sport Ireland”. We are all aware that 2019 will be a challenging year with Olympic qualification taking place during the World Championships in Linz, Austria in September. We are ready to rise to this challenge and our objective is to qualify numerous boats. With this in mind we are delighted with the continued support for Rowing Ireland both in Core and High Performance with an increase in our funding. The increase in dormant account funding will enable the Get Going…Get Rowing programme to continue its work as they increase in children rowing in schools in addition to inclusion, Women in Sport and Men on the Move initiatives.


All tranches of increases will make a huge difference to the organisation. Our focus in 2019 will not only be on qualification but also our core pillars outlined in our Strategic Plan. This will include supporting clubs, Rowing for all, and leading our Sport as we all prepare to excel in Tokyo”


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