Holly gets funding boost ahead of Rio

Holly Bradshaw will be competing in the pole vault at the Olympic Games

Holly Bradshaw will be competing in the pole vault at the Olympic Games

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Chorley’s Holly Bradshaw has retained her British Athletics funding ahead of next year’s Rio Olympics.

Pole vaulter Bradshaw is one of the athletes to be offered support through UK Athletics’ World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for 2015 – 2016.

Funded by the National Lottery through UK Sport, WCPP selection is based upon the potential to win medals at an Olympic or Paralympic Games, and is split into two levels: podium (for athletes with the potential to medal at Rio 2016) and podium potential (for athletes developing towards Tokyo 2020).

Bradshaw is one of 21 in the podium group, named among the cream of UK athletics with Dina Asher-Smith, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Adam Gemili, Sophie Hitchon, Robbie Grabarz, Dai Greene, Zharnel Hughes, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Laura Muir, Christine Ohuruogu, Andrew Osagie, Tiffany Porter, Andy Pozzi, Shara Proctor, Greg Rutherford, William Sharman, Lynsey Sharp, Lorraine Ugen and Laura Weightman.

British Athletics performance pirector Neil Black said: “It has been an excellent year for the British Athletics teams at both the IAAF and IPC World Championships, in Beijing and Doha respectively, and I am confident those we have invited onto the 2015/16 WCPP will build on the foundations and successes achieved over the last 12 months.

“Our immediate focus is firmly on medals next year in Rio 2016, followed by London 2017 when we will host both the IAAF and IPC World Athletics Championships.

“From there, the attention shifts to Tokyo 2020.

“Our WCPP selections absolutely reflect that focus and all the athletes selected will be expected to fulfil tough performance criteria.

“I look forward to working with these exceptionally talented athletes as we head into an Olympic and Paralympic year, which also includes the World Indoor Championships and the (European Athletics and IPC) European Championships.”