Funding Cut for Payne and Simmonds

Funding cut

Britain’s swimmers failed to meet their medal target of five medals at last summer’s London Olympics, winning three. UK Sport cut their funding by £4m to £21.4m

As funding strategies are changed for swimmers, unfortunately former champions are now missing out.

Former world champion Keri-Anne Payne and European gold medalist Elizabeth Simmonds have both lost their personal funding for 2014.

Simmonds failed to qualify for this year’s World Championships, while Payne was 14th in the 10km open water event.

Only 62 swimmers will get funding, compared to 97 who were supported in the build-up to London 2012.

Swimming received a £4m cut to its Olympic funding by UK Sport after failing to meet its medal target.

Payne, 25, won Olympic silver in Beijing 2008 but considered retirement after finishing fourth in London last year. She won the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.

Simmonds, 22, won gold medals at the 2008 and 2010 European Championships.

According to Chris Sprice, British Swimming national performance director: “This programme of APA funding is designed to invest in future performance.

“It will provide valuable support to athletes for their continued preparation and development for success in 2016 and beyond.”

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