Laser Sailor Finn Lynch secures Sport Ireland ‘Podium’ funding for Paris 2024
This week’s confirmation announcement of the Sport Ireland High-Performance funding allocation is welcome news for sailors who have benefited from improved performance and increased amounts awarded to international and world-class athletes.
Finn Lynch’s silver medal at last year’s ILCA 7 World Championships promoted him to podium level, earning him €40,000 a year until Paris 2024. The 49-inch pair of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are considered world class, earning €25,000 each. .
Seafra Guilfoyle, Johnny Durcan, Aoife Hopkins, Ewan McMahon and Eve McMahon will receive world-class funding of €18,000 each.
€3.2 million for Irish Sailing
Funding for Irish Sailing’s high performance program has increased by €130,000 from €3,070,000 to €3,200,000 which looks positive, but analysis of funding increases in other sports relegates the sailing ranked 17th out of the 21 sports benefiting from this funding.
Five sports (canoeing, judo, taekwondo, gymnastics and badminton) received increases of more than 100%, while eight other sports received increases of between 20% and 70%.
Irish Sailing’s 4% increase will actually be a decrease in real terms, as rising levels of inflation will bite into the associated costs.
Sailing, which was the second best-funded Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020, has now fallen to fifth place in the funding rankings.
Sydney Olympic discus thrower John Menton leads the Irish Olympic Sailing Steering Group following the retirement of Patrick Coveney.
In a statement, Irish Sailing said it would “continue to work closely with Sport Ireland to help meet the challenges of implementing the recommendations of the Tokyo Olympics report”.
The full Sport Ireland report here and the independent external Tokyo review commissioned by Irish Sailing are here