A Week to Remember
February 26, 2013 10:30 am
Wow! What an unforgettable week we’ve had in Brasov, Romania for the 11th edition of the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival. The London 2012 Olympic Games aimed to inspire a generation and from what I have seen from the performances of our athletes here this week that it certainly evident.
The 17 strong Team GB squad really got a feel for what the Olympics could be like from the word go. Arriving at the hotel prior to their departure to Braºov they received a fantastic bag of Team GB kit, attended workshops, and had their first official team meal as members of Team GB. The environment the athletes have been a part of this week really has been reminiscent of the Olympic Games in every way possible including living in an athletes' village, being part of One Team GB and competing against athletes from different nations, cultures and alongside other sports.
Not only have they lived their lives this week through the Team GB ‘One Team GB’ values but also importantly the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship.
Having made my way to see every Team GB member this week in action I'm so proud of the way they have conducted themselves on and off the field of play. It’s been a privilege for me to be able to have one on one time with some of these athletes pre, during and post competition and help play a small part in their successes this week.
For many of our athletes it is not only their first Team GB experience but also their first taste of an international competition. Whilst I am sure that they would all have loved to have gone home with a medal in their pocket, what is more important is that they will be going home with a huge amount more experience and a new hunger to train harder and be very best that they can be.
Having spent time with Kat and her teammates prior to their competition I was ecstatic to see Kat fulfil her potential and win Team GB’s first medal of the week when she claimed silver in the 500m. It was a fantastic boost to the whole team and I was touched to see how the whole team, across all the sports, came together to celebrate with her that evening when she collected her medal.
Now as we sit on the plane home I hope that all 17 Team GB athletes will look back on this week as a unique learning experience, something which has given them an insight into what it will take for them to achieve their goals as they aspire to be selected for Team GB once again - for an Olympic Winter Games!
Team GB Medallists and PBs
Kathryn Thomson - Silver Medal - Short Track Speed Skating - 500m
Jack Burrows - PB - Short Track Speed Skating - 500m
Mari Deland - PB - Short Track Speed Skating - 500m
Charlie Raposo - PB - Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom
Graham Newberry - PB - Figure Skating