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Old 19-08-2008, 11:39 PM
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A debate raged tonight between a few friends as regards the poor funding of our olympians. The arguement some put forward was that the funding received by the gaa off the government should in part be put towards funding the future olympians.

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Old 20-08-2008, 08:04 AM
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A debate raged tonight between a few friends as regards the poor funding of our olympians. The arguement some put forward was that the funding received by the gaa off the government should in part be put towards funding the future olympians.

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Why should the GAA help out the other sports? The GAA, like them, is an amateur sport, albeit a popular amateur sport. Unlike rock throwing or whatever.
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Old 20-08-2008, 09:17 AM
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Don't even get me started on this subject...it's been a sore point for years...

It's not the GAA funding or any other that is the problem - its the lack of sufficient funding across the board...lack of proper facilities, lack of support to our sports people across the spectrum, lack of meaningful vision and any worthwhile plan for the long term future...the country had it good financially for the last 10 years but our second and third biggest sports had to rely on the GAA to dig them out of an embarrassing hole and open up Croker to the national sides...

Our top athletes have to go abroad to use facilities to develop and improve...think of how many are lost due to that option being closed to them for various reasons...we only have to look across the water - the UK have some brilliant incentives for aspiring athletes - young talent there have so many options and are encouraged to develop ...here, it's the complete opposite...you would almost certainly have to have huge financial resources behind you to progress and our universities are a joke compared to most other developed countries when it comes to sports development...

An Irish Institute of Sport would be the ideal...and forget about Bertie's Abbotstown white elephant - a much scaled down version focusing on a camp of our young talent training together throughout the year based in a location suitable for a wide range of sports - indoor and outdoor - would be the plan...
Look at the success of the one outstanding advancement in this area that we can be proud of - the Boxing High performance scheme...that is paying dividends already as our olympic boxers are proving...

However, lets not get carried away here...the recession has given our Govt a ready made excuse to put any large scale sporting drive on the long finger for another 20 years...
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Old 20-08-2008, 12:25 PM
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great piece in todays examiner on the kewis being on par with us as regards population and ecomonical state yet they only left two olympics without medals.

Mon im not talking the gaa's money that they raised themselves im talking a percentage of the funding given by the government to the gaa should be invested in international sports
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