National Lottery Has Brought UK Olympic Success – August 7th, 2012
National Lottery funding has been essential in helping the UK perform so well at the Olympic Games.
This is the opinion of Beth Tweddle, who took a gymnastics bronze medal on the uneven bars. Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak programme, she praised the positive impact the financial backing provided by the UK National Lottery has had.
“Every athlete doesn’t have to get a job and train at the same time. Our coaches are able to coach full time. So my coach, she’s in the gym with me 24/7,” Tweddle stated.
The UK team currently sit third in the medal table, with 22 golds, 13 silvers and 13 bronzes. This means it is the second most successful Games for the nation.
Since the National Lottery was set up in 1994, good causes have benefitted from a significant amount of money. According to the Daily Telegraph, over £4.4 billion has been invested in grassroots and elite sport and almost 90 per cent of the 542 UK athletes taking part have received some sort of funding.
On top of this, more than £2 billion has been spent on building the facilities hosting the Games, while a further £66 million was set aside for the Paralympic Games.
Ben Ainslie, who has picked up four golds and one silver as a sailor at the last five Games, said of the National Lottery backing: “I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that sailing and all the Olympic sports would be a lot poorer without that level of investment.”
This means that when UK lottery players enter a draw they are doing their bit for their country. Most individuals associate lotteries with stories of people taking home life-changing sums of money, but this highlights how there is much more to the process.
Thanks to the investment made possible by the creation of the National Lottery, athletes such as Tweddle have been given the opportunity to reach the top of their sports.
On top of this, it also gives Britons something to cheer about as they watch their home Olympics.
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