Paralympics Ireland today published their new strategic plan; Success Takes More. The plan charts the course for Paralympic Sports in Ireland up to 2025 including the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games.
The plan, which was officially launched by Minister Brendan Griffin, sets out an ambitious target of a World Top 5 finish in medals per capita at the Tokyo Paralympic Games improving to a Top 3 finish at Paris 2024.
‘Success Takes More’ sets out clearly the high performance remit of Paralympics Ireland who have the stated vision ‘for Irish Athletes to win medals at the Paralympics Games.’ High Performance sport is the first pillar established in the report which seeks to build an effective high performance system for Paralympic sport. The plan defines the relationship between Paralympics Ireland and the National Governing bodies for sport who are responsible for the participation and development sides of their sports. The plan also sets out a new tiering system for affiliated sports with the introduction of the Gold, Silver and Bronze tiers. Gold sports have their own sustainable systems in place and are consistently competing for and winning medals internationally. Silver sports have most of the systems in place and have a limited number of athletes competing at the highest levels with Bronze sports currently being at the developmental stage.
The plan also sets out a further 3 Pillars; Driving Leadership in Sport, Creating a Sustainable Paralympics Ireland model and Building the Profile of Paralympics in Ireland. One of the most ambitious aspects of the plan is for the development of self generated income to help fund the new plan. 40% of Paralympics Ireland funding aims to be self generated by 2022 with that number rising to 50% by 2025.
There are 10 headline goals set out in the new report; 1. Top 5 in terms of medals per capita by 2020 and Top 3 by 2025 2. Medals in all ‘Gold’ Sports at every Paralympic Games 3. Over 40% self generated funds by 2021 and 50% by 2025 4. Portfolio of 6 Top Level commercial partners in place by 2021 5. Leverage our charitable status to raise additional funds by 2020 6. Establish brand recognition metrics for Paralympics Ireland and Irish Para-Athletes with the aim of achieving annual increases thereafter 7. Memorandum of understanding between Paralympics Ireland and every affiliated sport by 2019 8. Multi-Year service agreements in place to ensure appropriate athlete support services in place 9. Achieve a customer satisfaction rating of 75% or over with each affiliate annually 10. Leading in the provision of reliable classification expertise to all affiliated sports.
Speaking at the launch of ‘Success Takes More’ Paralympics Ireland President, John Fulham, said “This plan puts the athletes at the centre of everything we do. They are the most important people in Paralympic sport. We want to enable athletes to deliver their best possible performances on the biggest stage of all. We will work with our NGB’s to ensure that athletes have the very best supports and systems in place as they progress towards their Paralympic medals dream.”
Paralympics Ireland CEO, Miriam Malone, said “This plan is the culmination of 2 years work and a very extensive consultation process with our stakeholders. We have set out some very ambitious goals both on and off the field of competition, but we have also set out a clear path as to how those goals can be achieved. I am very much looking forward to implementing this plan over the coming 6 years and seeing the plan bear fruits on the podium at future Paralympic Games.”
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