Be There with Team 2012
November 10, 2011 12:00 pm
The announcement of the Olympic Torch Relay route earlier this week – and in particular, the fact that it will pass within ten miles of 95% of the population – is one tangible way in which the Games will touch every corner of the UK.
Another, of course, is Team GB – Our Greatest Team: the 550 athletes who will come from towns and cities throughout the UK and fulfil the opportunity of a lifetime by competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
During the past week we have launched a vital campaign - Be There with Team 2012 - which gives everyone the chance to win tickets to the Games and, in doing so, help British athletes achieve their ambition of winning more medals from more sports and, in doing so, unite and inspire the nation next summer.
The objective of the Be There campaign is to raise £2m to give British athletes – Olympic and Paralympic – a critical boost in their final preparations for the biggest moment of their sporting careers. The money raised will go toward world class coaching, medical support, travel to competitions, sport psychology and specialist equipment over the next nine months.
This is your chance to win tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime experience; your chance to help British athletes to achieve their dreams; your chance to Be There. Find out more here – http://team-2012.com/news/text-to-win-london-2012-games-tickets-with-team-2012/
Your support can make the crucial difference for Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Research shows that the London 2012 Olympics will be the most competitive Games in history with more nations than ever now producing athletes capable of winning medals.
The latest predictive Olympic medal table published by The Times newspaper on Monday shows Team GB in fifth place with 59 medals. That’s 12 more than were won in our groundbreaking performance at the Beijing Games in 2008. Crucially however, the breakdown is 15 gold, 21 silver and 23 bronze, while Germany currently stand at 17 gold in their overall total of 55 medals, and currently claim fourth place in the predictive table.
In Beijing, four of Team GB’s fantastic Olympic gold medals were won by a cumulative difference of just 0.87 seconds. These are the fine margins that define Olympic success. That’s why the Be There with Team 2012 campaign is so important; to give British athletes the extra one percent; to convert silver and bronze into gold when it matters most, on home soil next summer.
Next Phase Of Test Events
For many British athletes, the next step in their preparation will be to compete at one of the twelve London 2012 test events taking place across many of the Olympic venues in the next three months. Athletes from six sports will compete at Excel, including our boxing and taekwondo squads who both returned from their 2011 World Championships with outstanding four medal hauls.
The women’s handball team will debut in the impressive Handball Arena later this month before the gymnasts, track cyclists and swimmers test their Olympic venues early in 2012. The test events are invaluable in terms of sharpening our Games time plans – athletes, coaches, support staff and Team GB leadership.
Five Unforgettable Performances From 2011
As we approach the end of the year and enter the awards season, I look back on countless exceptional performances across our Olympic sports. For me personally, five of the most memorable moments were:
- Keri-Anne Payne, Open Water Swimming World Champion - It was a privelege to be there to witness Keri-Anne’s world beating performance as she took the world crown in China and qualified an Olympic quota place for Team GB.
- Sarah Stevenson, Taekwondo World Champion - Sarah showed immense courage, bravery and commitment to win gold in Korea, the home of Taekwondo, while overcoming the most difficult of personal circumstances.
- Mo Farah, Athletics World Champion - Mo demonstrated incredible belief in his ability to bounce back from the dissapointment of silver in the 10,000m to win a thrilling 5,000m just days later.
- Mark Cavendish, Road Cycling Test Event - Cav’s sprint finish down the Mall to win the London 2012 Test Event provided one of the highlights of the summer and certainly whet the apetite for day one of London 2012 when he will be racing for Olympic gold. He also became GB's first male World Road Cycling Champion in 46 years in Denmark in September.
Denise Johns and Lucy Boulton, Beach Volleyball Test Event - The GB pair were undoubtadely inspired by the home support to beat China’s world number 4 pair en route to reaching the semi-finals in an iconic 2012 Olympic venue.
Legacy Lives With 2017 Athletics Bid
Finally, this Friday is a big day for UK Athletics as we find out if their bid to host the 2017 World Championships has been successful. Hosting major international sporting events in the future is a key part of the legacy promise we made in Singapore back in 2005 and we are putting our full support behind London’s bid.
If you’d like to do so to, you can join the likes of World Champions Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Dai Greene in a ‘Twitter Relay’ by using the hashtag #london2017.
Speaking of Twitter, you can follow me for regular Team GB updates onwww.twitter.com/andyhunt_teamgb
Yours in sport,
Team GB Chef de Mission & BOA CEO