KiwiNZ: I have no issue with Government funding to assist amateur sport, I have a big issue with Government funding of professional sport.
I do have issues with Government funding of "amateur" sports. If it's for the artificial feel-good accomplishment of winning at the highest level, then at least there is a (somewhat shallow) rationale.
Consequently - that being the case, is it not reasonable to apply the same rationale to winning something (as "prestigious") as the AC? I always kind of thought that was the _real_ reason behind funding a challenge - that we would WIN.
But, we just crashed and burned. Meaning little if any future funding if we used the same performance-based criteria that HPS NZ uses.
I mean, I can appreciate the sales pitch. But, Dalton didn't deliver last time... there are no points for silver.
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