UK Sport has awarded BTTAD (British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities) -the National Governing Body for Disability Table Tennis – an increase of over one million pounds for the Rio cycle (April 2013 –March 2017).
This follows the highly successful Paralympic Games in London when four medals (one silver and three bronzes ) were won by the GB team ; this compared with none in Beijing. The award reflect the medal prospects for 2016. The total funding awarded is £2,731,670 and includes core programme , sports specific bid and athlete personal awards. This compares with £1,699,400 for the London cycle.
Peter Taylor – Chairman of BTTAD – commented that “ he was delighted with the award which showed the immense progress achieved since the creation of the revised programme in 2009. The vision of UK Sport in identifying Disability Table Tennis as a sport with great medal potential has been justified but the journey will continue as we prepare for Rio and beyond”.
Gorazd Vecko- Performance Manager of BTTAD – was equally pleased ; “ I believe this means we can build on the hard work over the past 4 years; my thanks go to the players , staff and volunteers for their collective support “.