12 Dec 2015

Football, hockey and swimming get funding cuts

1:02 pm on 12 December 2015

Football, hockey and swimming are the losers in the latest government funding announced for top level sport.

The national women's football team, the Football Ferns, has had its funding cut by $150,000 to $800,000, after failing to get past the group stages at this year's World Cup.

The Football Ferns, World Cup, 2015.

The Football Ferns have had a significant funding cut. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The men's hockey team's failure to gain direct qualification to the Rio Olympics has led to its funding cut by $50,000 to $700,000.

Swimming also missed a number of its performance targets and has had funding cut by $100,000 to $1.3 million for 2016.

High Performance Sport New Zealand chief executive Alex Baumann said a further $500,000 was being allocated to targeted sports with the focus on Rio.

Rowing and cycling get an extra $100,000 each on top of the $5.2 million and $4.6 million committed to their 2016 Rio campaigns.

Rugby league also gets another $50,000 to assist the Kiwis in their build-up to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Athletics and canoe racing get another $75 thousand while Paralympic sport gets another $55,000.

Chief Executive of High Performance Sport NZ, Alex Baumann.

Chief Executive of High Performance Sport NZ, Alex Baumann. Photo: Photosport

"The bulk of investment through to Rio was committed in 2014, to give sports certainty for their planning. Today's announcement reflects fine-tuning to ensure we get the final one per cent of gains that could be the difference between converting form into an Olympic or Paralympic medal or not," said Baumann.

"We have a performance driven approach with a clear strategy and investment framework. Tough calls have had to be made in some sports to reflect both past performance and future potential.

"However we believe these sports have the strategies, programmes and people in place to make gains in the future, and as such we have retained sufficient investment to ensure they can rebound and give themselves a chance in Rio."

Over the four-year Olympic and Paralympic cycle between London and Rio, HPSNZ will invest about $130 million into national sport organisations, as well as providing another $72 million in support directly to athletes through grants, scholarships and performance support.