Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

Olympics written question – answered on 23rd February 2009.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many .22 pistols have been made available for use by the British Olympic pistol team out of public funds.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Olympics and Paymaster General)

UK Sport have advised that an award of £5,056,000 made by UK Sport to British Shooting for the period 2005-09 included an amount that the sport can set aside for the purchase of equipment. However, the nature of shooting is that athletes will usually buy their own equipment, specifically the guns used to train and compete, or these are provided by sponsors.

Individual athletes on the World Class Performance programme are awarded an athlete personal award (APA) which includes funding for living costs and sporting costs. The latter enables athletes to travel, attend training sessions and enter relevant competitions. Athletes in all sports are entitled to use this award to fund the purchase of equipment or as a contribution to the financing of equipment.

This expenditure is for the athlete themselves to decide and UK Sport and the governing body do not monitor this, preferring to focus solely on the outcomes that APAs provide. These outcomes include such things as full attendance at training and events, use of high performance services and the athlete's commitment to self improvement that ultimately leads to improved performance.

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Neil Burrows
Posted on 7 Mar 2009 11:58 am (Report this annotation)

No coment about the fact that some of our olympic squad have to travel abroad to practise due to our ridiculous laws.