Funding cut to sitting volleyball has wiped out legacy of 7/7 survivor Wright and the Games, claims sport's chief Wainwright
22:38 GMT, 18 December 2012
UK Sport's decision not to fund sitting volleyball for the next Paralympic cycle has 'extinguished' any legacy left by London 2012 and the likes of 7/7 bombings survivor Martine Wright, according to Volleyball England's Lisa Wainwright.
The UK's high performance sports agency today announced how a record pot of 347million would be distributed in the run-up to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It has been decided sitting volleyball will not be getting a chunk of the pie, just two days after Wright was honoured at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
Waste of time: Lisa Wainwright indicated that the legacy forged by the Games and Martine Wright (pictured) was being wasted
Wright, a sitting volleyball player who lost both legs in the 2005 attacks on London, gave a moving speech at the ExCeL on Sunday as winner of the Helen Rollason Award for 'outstanding achievement in the face of adversity', but Wainwright believes any legacy left from London 2012 has now disappeared.
'Today's funding announcement is so disappointing for all the athletes, staff and the sitting volleyball programme who have made such significant progress given their previous funding of less than 5k each for all training, competition and support,' she said.
'The investment requested from UK Sport was less than 500k per year per squad over the next four years.
'Everyone will have seen the impact sitting volleyball can have on people with the winner of the BBC's Helen Rollason Award, Martine Wright a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings.
Furious: Lisa Wainwright says the sport will need to refocus now
'When we speak of legacy remember this day, the flame has well and truly been extinguished.
'The sport will now refocus over the new year and start the process of looking for additional funding from sponsors and donors.
'As ever, we remain focused on increasing the awareness of the sport at all levels. We thank all the players, coaches and support staff that have supported the programmes and look forward to working with them in the future.'
Only yesterday things had looked much rosier for the sport after Sport England announced its volleyball funding.
Following that announcement, Wright took to Twitter to say: 'Great news 5 million for grassroots volleyball which is fab, sitting volleyball back on the map where it counts! Decision Tom 4 elite level.'
PARALYMPIC FUNDING: 2013-2017
Adaptive rowing 3.5million (up from 2.3million) – one medal in London (hit target)
Boccia 3m (up from 2.3m) – one medal (hit target)
Disability athletics 10.7m (up from 6.7m) – 29 medals (hit target)
Disability sailing 2.8m (up from 1.7m) – two medals (hit target)
Disability shooting 3.3m (up from 2.1m) – three medals (surpassed target)
Disability table tennis 2.7m (up from 1.7m) – four medals (hit target)
Five-a-side football 1.3m – n/a
Goalball 1m women only (up from 0.5m) – no medals (hit performance target)
Judo (visually impaired)* 2m (up from 1.3m) – two medals (hit target)
Para-canoe* 2.3m – n/a
Para-cycling 6.7m (up from 4.2m) – 22 medals (hit target)
Para-equestrian dressage 3.8m (3.6m) – 11 medals (surpassed target)
Para-triathlon* 2.2m – N/A
Wheelchair basketball 5.4m (up from 4.5m) – no medals (missed target)
Wheelchair rugby 3m (up from 2.4m) – no medals (hit performance target)
Wheelchair tennis 1.9m (up from 0.8m) – two medals (hit target)
Disability archery 2m (down from 2.1m) – two medals (missed target)
Disability swimming 10.4m (down from 11.8m) – 39 medals (missed target)
Powerlifting 0.8m (down from 1.1m) – one medal (hit target)
Sitting volleyball – zero funding (down from 0.8m) – no medals (missed performance target)
Wheelchair fencing – zero funding (down from 0.6m) – no medals (missed performance target)
*denotes one-year award, with indicative four-year figure