ATHLETES Zac Shaw and Hollie Arnold will both continue to be supported by Lottery Funding.
It is a huge boost for the Lincolnshire duo, as only 118 British athletes receive the backing as part of the sport’s World Class Performance Programme.
Arnold, the former Cleethorpes AC javelin thrower who won gold and set a new world record at the Paralympics this year, is on the top level of funding.
Shaw, who narrowly missed out on selection for Rio, is on the ‘podium potential’ funding tier.
The visually impaired sprinter, who is a member of Cleethorpes AC, also received another dose of good news after sealing a sports scholarship at Loughborough University.
Top Brit athletes are now focusing towards home soil success at London 2017 – and the sport has also now entered the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.
Funded by the National Lottery through UK Sport, British Athletics’ funding selection is based on the potential to win medals at an Olympic or Paralympic Games.
British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “2016 was an excellent year for the British Athletics teams at both the Olympics and Paralympics, winning more medals in Rio than in London 2012.
“But we are now at the start of a new Olympic and Paralympic cycle, so we need to build a team that is focused towards further success and improvement at Tokyo 2020 and our selections reflect this.
“With a core group of established athletes and a large group of young and emerging talent, this is an exciting time for British Athletics.”
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