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Four Athletes from Three Sports Added to Team GB

July 6, 2012 16:04 pm

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today four more athletes from three sports – athletics, beach volleyball and canoe sprint - as selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games later this month.

With the addition of these four athletes, Team GB now consists of 542 across all 26 sports on the Olympic Programme. The full Team GB athlete selection will be finalised on Monday 9th July at the Delegation Registration Meeting (DRM), where the complete list of Team GB athletes selected to compete at London 2012 is submitted by the BOA to the London Organising Committee (LOCOG).

The four athletes added to Team GB today are:

Athletics

Gareth Warburton - men’s 800m

Beach Volleyball

John Garcia Thompson – men’s competition

Steve Grotowski – men’s competition

Canoe Sprint

Abigail Edmonds – women’s K2 500m

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The BOA has confirmed today that 800m runner Gareth Warburton has been selected to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games, following an appeal against his non-selection. Warburton joins the 77 track and field athletes previously selected to complete the Team GB athletics line-up.

Ed Warner, Chairman of UKA was the chair of the Appeals panel, he said:

“We appreciate that this is a difficult time for athletes who were not selected to Team GB. Appeals are heard on a matter of process and facts and not opinion and the panel considered 11 appeals today of which only Gareth’s was successful.

“We ensure that the original selection committee has followed the selection criteria appropriately and have made their decisions based on full and correct facts. In the case of Gareth Warburton and in light of independent legal advice, the appeals panel decided that the combination of Warburton’s current A and current B standards made him selectable under the UKA selection policy and he has been added to the team.”

The men’s beach volleyball pair Steve Grotowski and John Garcia Thompson will compete at the iconic Horse Guards Parade venue from the 28th July to 9th August. London 2012 will be the first time that Team GB has been represented in the men’s beach volleyball competition, since the sport joined the Olympic programme at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

On his selection to Team GB, Steve Grotowski said:

“I am honoured and excited to be officially selected to Team GB today. I am really looking forward to playing at the Horse Guards Parade venue which will be amazing and has such a fantastic history. We have the opportunity to show the UK wheat beach volleyball is all about at London 2012, and that’s something I’m really excited about.”

John Garcia Thompson said:

“For an athlete, there is nothing better than being selected to compete at an Olympic Games. It really is a dream come true, and we have been training hard and making real progress. Being selected to Team GB is a real honour, and it is fantastic for my family to be able to come and watch me compete. One Team GB is more like a large family than a team, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

The British Olympic Association has also confirmed today that Abigail Edmonds has been selected as the tenth and final athlete for the Team GB canoe sprint squad, following the awarding of an additional women’s host nation place.

Edmonds will compete in the women’s K2 500m event and will also provide back-up for the women’s K4 500m in the event of illness or injury to one of her teammates. The canoe sprint competition takes place at the picturesque Eton Dorney venue, from the 6th to the 11th August.

A delighted Abigail Edmonds said:

“I am really excited to have been selected for Team GB. It is what I have been working towards for the last four years and it is great to have something to show for all the hard work and the support of my family and friends. It will be amazing to be part of a home Games and a great opportunity to showcase all the talented athletes in the sport of canoeing to the public and encourage more of them to get involved.”

Congratulating Edmonds on her selection to Team GB, Canoe Sprint Performance Director John Anderson said:

“I am pleased to welcome Abigail to the Canoe Sprint Team for London 2012. This brings our total number of athletes to 10, which is the largest team we have selected for an Olympic Games since Barcelona 1992. Good luck to Abigail and all the athletes for the Games, which will get underway in just 21 days time.”

Staying on the water, the two women’s open weight rowing spares have also been confirmed today by the BOA as Jo Cook, 28, and Emily Taylor, 25. Both have experience of competing and medalling at major international championships in recent years.

Jo was a member of the women’s eight crew which took bronze earlier this year at the 2012 Belgrade World Cup in May, and also won bronze in the same discipline at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled. Emily was also a member of the women’s eight which took bronze in Belgrade, and followed this up with another bronze medal in the same discipline at the Munich World Cup last month.

Finally, the BOA has also confirmed today the two reserve men’s hockey athletes who will support the 16-man squad this summer. They are Richard Mantell, 30, and George Pinner, 25.

Richard was a member of Team GB at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and scored twice for England in the 2009 European Championship final, when they beat Germany 5-3 to win the European crown for the first time. Goalkeeper George made his international debut against Australia in June 2009. He was part of the Great Britain squad that competed at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland, and will be understudy for James Fair at London 2012.