Biggest winner of the new sport funding model


Basketball is the big winner in High Performance Sport New Zealand’s latest round of investment, with a more than 500% increase in annual funding.

Despite its large demographics and massive participation numbers, it is a sport that has often been overlooked by HPSNZ and other funding bodies, with the focus previously on the success of the Olympics and World Championships.

But that has changed, with HSPNZ committing to a new model, which will support a wider range of sports than ever before.

It’s one of the most significant changes to the framework, in the strategy unveiled Friday, which makes the transition from core funding to a more holistic model.

This means that 16 new sports – in the “ambitious” category – will receive a high performance investment, from basketball to water polo, from diving to rugby touch.

Basketball’s dividend is the most eye-catching, with annual support of $ 1.1 million over the next three years, up from $ 200,000.

The previous investment model with Targeted Level 1, 2 and 3 sports and campaign funding for other sports has been revised.

Sports are either categorized as ‘Podium’ (likely to be successful at flagship events) and ‘Aspirants’ (those previously categorized as country sports and those that inspire New Zealanders in different ways)

There are seven Olympic podium sports (rowing, cycling, yachting, track and field, canoe racing, horseback riding and rugby sevens) and three Paralympic podium sports (para-athletics, para-swimming and para-cycling), as well as 34 ambitious sports.

Rowing has been recognized for its consistent success, growing from $ 1.58 million annually during the current Olympic cycle to nearly $ 8 million per year.

Yachting ($ 426,000), canoe races ($ 425,000) and triathlon ($ 335,000) also received bumps, while para-swimming and para-cycling are funded for the first time.

Cycling’s support has remained stable, although HSPNZ has stated that the specific allocation of this investment in the Cycling New Zealand program will be conditional on the outcome of the current independent investigation.

The other most notable change sees funding guaranteed until Paris 2024, a change from the previous model of needs assessment on an annual basis.

“Confirming investments until Paris 2024 will provide NSOs and their athletes with greater financial security than the previous annual funding allocation. This will allow them to work towards flagship events with more certainty, ”said Raelene Castle, Managing Director of HPSNZ.

HPSNZ also confirmed $ 7.4 million in additional investments in wellness initiatives and $ 25 million in direct financial support to athletes through Tailored Athlete Pathway Support (TAPS), which replaces grants from performance improvement (PEG).

The move from PEGs to TAPS will see direct financial support to athletes increase from approximately $ 6.7 million in 2021 to $ 8.4 million in 2022, with more athletes supported.

HPSNZ will also invest $ 131 million directly in National Sports Organizations (NSOs) over the next three years, an average of $ 43.7 million per year.

Castle said the investment program is designed to maintain the focused approach that has achieved continued international success for Kiwi athletes, while increasing support for the well-being of those in the system and investing in a wider range of sports to achieve results that inspire New Zealanders.

In addition to the $ 131 million, HPSNZ is investing $ 19 million in the provision of performance support services such as psychology, strength and conditioning, nutrition, medicine, physiotherapy, massage therapy and coaching. life of athletes, which promote the well-being of athletes.

The well-being of athletes and all those who move through the high performance system is a priority in the allocated investment, with an additional $ 7.4 million allocated to wellness initiatives over the next three years.

Castle said HPSNZ will also work with NSOs to improve mental health literacy and athlete voices across the system. “We want to empower athletes to have a voice and to be able to influence decisions that affect them. We will work with NSOs to ensure that the voice mechanism of athletes in sport is fit for purpose as well as to develop an effective athlete system-wide vocal mechanism. “

“We recognize and understand that more work needs to be done in this area and this investment and our continued work with sport is aimed at ensuring that performance environments empower and support individuals and allow them to thrive on and off the sport. playground. “

Sports / ONS included in this investment announcement

Podium Sports (10) – Rowing, cycling, yachting, athletics, canoe races, equestrian sports, rugby sevens, para-athletics, para-cycling, para-swimming.

Aspiration sports (34) – Hockey, Basketball *, Triathlon, Swimming, Canoe Slalom, Gymnastics, Football, Boxing, Weightlifting, Beach Volleyball *, Water Polo *, Shooting, Surfing, Golf *, Tennis *, Diving *, Skateboard *, Karate, Badminton *, Climbing *, Paralympics NZ, Para Canoe, Shooting Para Sport, Para Waka Ama *, Cricket, Rugby League (women) *, Squash *, Surf Life Saving, Bowls, Softball, Touch *, Moto * , E Sports *, Orienteering *.

* Investment from New Sports for HPSNZ (i.e. did not receive HPSNZ core investment in 2021) This announcement does not include investment in:
• Snow Sports New Zealand, which is currently preparing for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
• Netball New Zealand, which has a four-year investment funding agreement that ends with the 2023 Netball World Cup.


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