Baku 2015 was the inaugural edition of the European Games, a multi-sport event for European athletes that completes the jigsaw of continental Games and sits alongside similar events such as the Pan-Am and Asian Games.
On December 8, 2012, at the 41st General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Rome, it was decided to hold the first ever European Games in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The Games featured around 6,000 athletes and 20 sports, including some new, non-Olympic disciplines such as karate, beach soccer and aerobic and acrobatic gymnastics.
The sports varied in competition, with some offering qualifying opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while others were junior events and incorporated the European Junior Championships.
Team GB took an athlete delegation of 160 to Baku and competed across 13 sports and 19 disciplines during the 17 days of action. The team came home with an impressive 47 medals, the third highest of all competing nations, including 18 gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze.