Athlete performance is supported by a number of projects within the Olympic Federation of Ireland. These projects are funded through a combination of OFI Sponsorship revenue and Olympic Solidarity funding.
In line with our Strategic Plan 2018-2024, the Olympic Federation of Ireland has made a ‘discretionary fund’ available to National Federations to support Olympic focused projects across the current Olympic cycle (up to Tokyo Summer Games 2020). This fund was established in 2018, and to date €530,000 has been distributed to National Federations for performance based projects:
The ‘discretionary fund’ is aimed at providing support for projects in the following areas:
- National Federation Olympic Development Support
- Performance Coach Support
- ‘Make a Difference’ Projects
The purpose of this programme is to provide additional funds to the National Federations towards specific Olympic focused projects and programmes. This is over and above the funding the OFI will provide to support costs associated with sending athletes and teams to compete in Olympic events and support provided to members through Olympic Solidarity Projects/Programmes funding.
Olympic Solidarity Scholarships
There are summer and winter scholarships available to athletes aiming at senior games each cycle. Currently 17 Irish athletes are in receipt of scholarships.
In February 2020 the Beijing Winter Olympic Solidarity Scholarships announced seven scholarships worth $65,500 USD ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing 2022.
The total bursary amounts to $40,500 in core scholarship funding which is paid in monthly installments, and a combined pot of $25,000 in available travel support grants that can be drawn down following the qualification period. The funding is provided through the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme.
The following athletes were successful:
|Tess Arbez||Snow Sports – Alpine Skiing|
|Maggie Rose Carrigan||Snow Sports – Alpine Snowboard|
|Cormac Comerford||Snow Sports – Alpine Skiing|
|Seamus O’Connor||Snow Sports – Snowboard Freestyle|
|Alec Scott||Snow Sports – Alpine Skiing|
|Thomas Westgaard||Snow Sports – Cross Country Skiing |
In November 2017 twelve athletes were awarded Olympic Solidarity Scholarships to assist with the qualification and preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in addition the men’s hockey team was awarded a scholarship to assist with their qualification efforts.
Each of the scholarship recipients will receive approximately $625 per month up until the Tokyo Olympic Games. Athletes will also receive additional funding up to a maximum of $5,000 to assist with travel costs in connection with competing at qualification events. A scholarship of $100K / $25K per anum was also been awarded to Irish Hockey to assist the men’s national team.
The following athletes were successful:
|Siofra Cleirigh Buttner||(Athletics Ireland) who is currently on scholarship at Villanova Unviersity and who competed earlier this year at the World Athletics Championships in London|
|Nhat Nguyen||(Badminton Ireland) is a European U17 Gold Medallist and also medalled at the 2017 Poland Open, an event on the senior circuit|
|Liam Jegou||(Canoeing Ireland) who is a former U17 Vice World Champion|
|Mark Downey||(Cycling Ireland) a track and road cyclist who secured Ireland’s best ever finish at the U23 World Road Race Championships coming 9th|
|Ian O’Sullivan||(Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association), a former World Junior Champion and current 2017 Scottish Grand Prix Champion|
|Cathal Daniels||(Horse Sport Ireland) who to date has won 6 European Underage medals|
|Leona Maguire||(Irish Ladies Golfing Union) the World’s Leading Amateur Golfer for the last 3 years|
|Rhys McClenaghan||(Gymnastics Ireland) who is the reigning European Champion in the Pommel Horse as well as becoming the first Irish gymnast to ever win a Pommel Horse Medal at a World Cup event|
|Megan Fletcher||(Irish Judo) Commonwealth Games Champion in 2014|
|Denise Walsh||(Rowing Ireland) who holds 17 National Rowing titles and won a silver medal at the 2017 European Championships|
|Mona McSharry||(Swim Ireland) who emerged on the national stage earlier this year with her Gold Medal in the 100m breaststroke at the World Junior Championships |
|Jack Woolley||(Irish Takewondo Union) who is now ranked 13th in the World in the 58kg Weight Category|