After a record Olympic medal haul this year in London (first equal to 1984 campaign), fresh discussions in regard to future funding for training facilities have emerged. In 2010, the government increased their budget from $40 million to $60 million annually. A large portion of this goes towards partial or full funding of sports complexes and facilities as well as the development of sport itself. In 2012 alone we have seen Millennium Institute’s $43 million Specialised Sports Facility (J109883) be recently completed, the Avantidrome cycling centre in Cambridge (J130480) go under construction and plans for the new Riverside Sport and Leisure Centre progressing smoothly. The government confirmed last year that it will fully fund the new $8.5 million National Ocean Water Sports Centre (J121934) planned for Takapuna Beach bring together yachting New Zealand's programme into a single hub. To be known as ‘The Bunker’, it will include storage for up to 80 boats, covered back to the existing land level and topped with a glass-fronted deck and viewing area for offices and reception. With such great results for the rowers, who lay claim to their own world-class facility in Lake Karapiro, the government expects a similar result for sailing in Rio in 2016.

Reporter: Stephanie Moore
Source: The Dominion Post, 13 August 2012


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