Team GB Announces Athletes Selected to first ever World Beach Games  ​
World Beach Games

Team GB Announces Athletes Selected to first ever World Beach Games ​

19 September 2019 / 10:00
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is delighted to today announce the 20 athletes selected to represent Team GB in the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar.

Team GB will compete across six disciplines at Doha 2019, as 97 countries, from all five continents, come together for the Association of National Olympic Committees’ (ANOC) first ever World Beach Games from October 12th – 16th this year.

Over 1,200 athletes will compete in Qatar with action split between the Katara and Al Gharafa venues. Fourteen beach and water disciplines are on the programme, including surfing which will take place in San Diego as Qatar does not have suitable conditions. Team GB will be represented in aquathlon, beach soccer, bouldering, kitefoil racing, water ski and wakeboard.

Doha 2019, for all the Team GB athletes selected, is their first opportunity to compete at a multi-sport Games and a chance to wear the Olympic Rings. It will also provide invaluable experience for some of the sports hoping to travel to Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 as part of Team GB.

The Team GB delegation will be led by Chef de Mission and Olympic swimmer Caitlin McClatchey. McClatchey, a three-time Olympian, said: “The inaugural World Beach Games is a fantastic opportunity for athletes to get their first taste of competing for Team GB at a multi-sport Games. 

"We are excited to introduce Team GB fans to six new sports, especially ahead of sport climbing's debut in Tokyo 2020. I look forward to working with the sports, and seeing our athletes in action out in Doha.”

Hannah Kitchen (aquathlon) said: “I am delighted to have made the team for the inaugural World Beach Games and to get the opportunity to represent Team GB on the world stage. It’s going to be my first Games experience and I can’t wait!”

Gemma Hillier (beach soccer) said: “From as early as I can remember my dream has always been to play at a World Cup or compete in the Olympics. At the age of 32 there are no words to describe the feeling of knowing I am going to be compete for Team GB at the World Beach Games.

“When I got the call to say I had been selected it was the proudest moment of my life so far. The sacrifices that the team and I have made over the years to get this opportunity have all been worth it.

“I have been a European national and club beach soccer champion, won championships in four different countries, but competing at the World Beach Games will be the pinnacle of my sporting career so far. Hopefully by being part of the World Beach Games will be a final stepping stone for beach soccer to be in the Olympics.”

Billy Ridal (Bouldering): 'It is a huge honour to represent Team GB at the World Beach Games. Competing in a multi-sport environment for the first time will be an invaluable experience as an aspirant for future Olympic Games. I am extremely excited to see other athletes showcase their sports, to meet people from different sporting worlds, and to demonstrate my favoured discipline of bouldering to a new audience."

Olly Bridge (kitesurfing): “It feels amazing to be representing Team GB at the World Beach Games. It's going to be the most prestigious event kiteboarding has had the opportunity to be at, so being chosen to compete is a great achievement and honour.

“My goal is to finish on the podium, but all the competitors there will be the best the sport has to offer, the racing will be very tight and everyone there is capable of winning. It’s just going to be very tight between all the other competitors, but I am looking forward to it.

“Competing at the World Beach Games will give me insight into what it's like to compete in a major competition similar to the Olympics, and hopefully I will gain experience from it."

Rob Hazelwood (water skiing) said: “I’m super excited to be selected as part of Team GB for the first ever World Beach Games. It’s such an honour to be selected as the sole British water skier to attend the event and I’m stoked to be able to go to Doha and ski my heart out!

“This is such a big opportunity for me and the sport of water skiing, so I hope to put out some good scores and show the world what water ski jumping is all about!”

Luca Kidd (wakeboarding): “It’s an honour to be selected to Team GB and I’m very excited to be competing in the World Beach Games. It’s awesome that my sport has been included in such a respected event and I cannot wait to showcase wakeboarding on this level and show everyone that it’s a sport that should be respected as any other. I am looking forward to competing in Doha and hopefully I can leave with some hardware not only for myself but for queen and country”


Team GB at Doha 2019:

Name

Sport

Hometown

Chloe Pollard

Aquathlon

Eastbourne

Hannah Kitchen

Aquathlon

Farnham

Charlotte Haynes

Beach Soccer

Worcestershire

Gemma-Louise Hillier

Beach Soccer

Gosport

Hannah Haughton

Beach Soccer

Southampton

Hannah Short

Beach Soccer

Bristol

Katie James

Beach Soccer

Poole

Molly Clark

Beach Soccer

Portsmouth

Nadine Bazan

Beach Soccer

Medstead

Rebecca Barron

Beach Soccer

Gosport

Sarah Kempson

Beach Soccer

Littlehampton

Wendy Martin

Beach Soccer

Basildon

Emily Phillips

Bouldering

Cardiff

Nathan Phillips

Bouldering

Huddersfield

William Ridal

Bouldering

Sheffield

Guy Bridge

Kitefoil racing

Exmouth

Oliver Bridge

Kitefoil racing

Exmouth

Steph Bridge

Kitefoil racing

Exmouth


 

Luca Kidd

Wakeboard

London

Robert Hazelwood

Water Ski

Lincoln