With the excitement of the Olympics still bubbling and the Paralympics about to start, thought is being given to how the athletes are funded and the future. The British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw are both important to this.
Katherine Grainger won a Gold medal in the recent London 2012 Olympics rowing after achieving three Silver medals in previous Olympic Games to add to her six world championship titles. She agrees none of this could have been possible without the support of the British National Lottery.
She started training in 1997, just as the British National Lottery funding began but knows athletes who had to work a job or get into debt in order to finance their sport. Now Katherine and others can concentrate full time on their rowing and can get grants for the equipment, support and training they need to ensure they can properly represent their country.
Sir Chris Hoy started training in 1994 and had to pay for his own training and provide his own bicycle to train in the local velodrome. When the British National Lottery started funding cycle sports, the standard leaped enormously. Over the last few days Chris has shown the money he has received has not been wasted as he won his sixth Olympic gold medal in London to add to his 11 World Championship golds and innumerable other medals.
Both Chris Hoy and Katherine Grainger have been vocal in asking for funding to be maintained for sports after the Olympics and it looks like both the British National Lottery and the Government is responding.
Of his sport, Chris Hoy told the Daily Express newspaper: “Cycling is one of the key beneficiaries of Lottery funding, allowing it to bring in top-class coaches and buy the best equipment. The result? Eight golds in Beijing and another eight in London.”
Who knows what our lottery pounds will pay for in Rio de Janeiro in 2016?
The results of the Euromillions prize draw for last night, Tuesday 7 August 2012, were as follows:
20 – 27 – 34 – 46 – 50 Lucky Stars: 02 – 03
There was no winner of the £151,012,000 jackpot so this money will roll over to the next draw.
Smaller prizes were awarded to 5,173,206 players however and these ranged from £3.30 to an astonishing £1,736,317.20.
The jackpot of the next Euromillions prize draw on Friday 10 August 2012 presently stands at an amazing £148,000,000. Notice that the jackpot has now stopped growing – the extra money is now going into the smaller prizes.
All the hard work related to the run up to the 2012 London Olympics is now paying off. The players of the British National Lottery can also feel a little proud as their money has go towards so much of the Games. But the UK lottery draw has not only financed the infrastructure of the Olympics but has also been instrumental in getting many of the athletes to the events.
On 2 August 2012, a rush of medals broke a nervous time for British athletes. One of these was a gold medal for a 25-year-old Peter Wilson in the double trap shooting. Immediately after the event, a BBC journalist interviewed Peter and he thanked both the British National Lottery and Sheik Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum for their support.
Sheik Maktoum won a Gold medal in the Athens Olympics and started to coach Peter in 2009. Interestingly, Peter, a farmer’s son from Sherborne in Dorset, approached Sheik Maktoum at a competition and asked him to become his coach. The training was mostly done over the telephone with Peter flying out to Dubai a few times each year. To give himself an income, Peter also worked as a waiter.
Peter says, “It’s as if Prince William was teaching me to fly a helicopter.’ Although his coach is from a royal family, the formalities were dropped between the two and Peter impressed the Sheik with his dedication and willingness to follow instructions in detail.
The Sheik was in the stands watching his protégé shoot in the final and was probably the more nervous of the two. Peter? He was thinking about table tennis. Apparently he is enjoying that sport as well now…