British Olympic Association Chief Executive and Team GB Chief de Mission Andy Hunt will participate in a series of briefings and workshops in Oxfordshire tomorrow (Tuesday, 8 November) to examine how the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are impacting the development of sport, education and economic development opportunities throughout the region.
The tour is part of a series of regional visits conducted by members of the Board of Directors of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), of which Mr. Hunt is a member. As a LOCOG Director, Mr. Hunt has Nations and Regions responsibility for the Southeastern region of the UK.
Mr. Hunt will participate in the following activities during his visit:
The Tree of Light Workshop
Location: St. Joseph’s School in Oxford
The Tree of Light is one of just four projects in the UK funded by the Legacy Trust’s Community Celebration budget. More than 2,000 local people will deliver spectacular outdoor music and dance performances at four festival sites along the Thames Valley just prior to the 2012 Games, as the centrepiece of Oxfordshire’s contribution to the Cultural Olympiad.
Location: Home Farm Trust, Milton Heights, Abindgon
Boccia Revolution is a countywide project to educate, inspire, increase participation, awareness and training in the Paralympic sport of Boccia. The project aims to develop new Boccia clubs and provide a pathway for participants at a grassroots level as well as the ability to progress to national and international representation, leading ultimately to Paralympic selection. Boccia Revolution offers both casual and competitive playing opportunities to all players.
King Alfred’s Specialist Sports School
One of the first schools in the county to join the Get Set Network, the King Alfred’s Specialist Sports School is using the official Olympic education programme to engage and inspire students with the Olympic and Paralympic Values, which have become embedded in the core curriculum.
Oxford University Iffley Road Sports Complex
Location: Oxford University
The university’s main sports complex is an approved Pre-Games Training Camp and has been selected as the training location for the New Zealand Triathlon Team. Mr. Hunt will meet with former Olympians Ed Moses and Matthew Syed in a session looking at high performance sport, the art of preparation and the appeal of the Olympics.
Oxford Union Debate
Location: Oxford University
Mr. Hunt will join a debate at Oxford Union entitled ‘Modern Sport is just not Cricket.’ Confirmed panel members are:
Andy Anson, member of the British Olympic Association Board of Directors; led Britain’s 2018 World Cup bid; former Commercial Director of Manchester United
Christopher Martin-Jenkins, President of the MCC and well-know sports commentator
Matthew Syed, Sports Feature Writer for The Times and Commonwealth Games medal-winner for table tennis
Peter Leaver Q.C, played Rugby for England
Ed Smith, sports journalist and commentator and played Cricket for England.
Team GB Chef de Mission and BOA CEO Andy Hunt said:
“Following the exciting announcement of the torch relay route this morning I am looking forward to visiting Oxfordshire to experience firsthand the passion and enthusiasm that exists for the Olympic and Paralympic Games the length and breadth of the UK.
“The huge variety of excellent projects and initiatives stimulated by the 2012 Games demonstrates how sport can act as an important catalyst for education, participation and creativity.
“London 2012 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for British Olympic sport. Everyone can play their part by getting involved and getting behind Team GB – Our Greatest Team. With the support of the nation; we are 900 athletes, 60 million strong.”
Members of the media interested in interviewing Andy Hunt during his tour should contact the British Olympic Association Communications Office at +44 (0) 207 842 5700 or Chloe Chaplin at + 44 (0) 7967341343.