The British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Swimming (BS) are delighted to announce that they will be dedicating a substantial part of their allocation of swimming tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games to Team GB swimmers. This means that a second ticket has now been secured by the BOA and BS for close family and friends for each session in which Team GB swimmers compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Understanding the significance of having the support of family and friends and the impact of that on athlete performance, Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt and British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes have prioritised Team GB swimmers’ families and friends, bringing Team GB swimmers in line with athletes from the other sports on the London 2012 Olympic Programme for whom the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) is making two tickets per athlete available for purchase, for each session in which they are competing.
All Team GB athletes, across all 26 sports, will now be able to purchase two tickets for each session in which they are competing – a position unique to Team GB.
The BOA is now working with the sport Team Leaders and LOCOG to put in place an effective system for the management of the distribution of tickets that will allow Team GB’s athletes to remain fully focused on their performance and not have to worry about, or be distracted by, the management and distribution of tickets to their family and friends.
Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef de Mission and BOA CEO, said:
“We fully recognise the importance to our athletes of having their close family and friends in the stadium to support them during what will, for many, be the greatest moment of their sporting careers. The British Olympic Association has worked very hard in partnership with British Swimming to ensure that Team GB’s swimmers will have the same access to tickets as all the other sports and I am delighted that we have been able to achieve a positive result by allocating the clear majority of the swimming tickets that we have access to, to Team GB swimmers’ family and friends. We want to do everything possible to make certain tickets do not become a considerable distraction to athletes who are now training for the biggest competition of their lives and, in many cases, attempting to secure qualification for the 2012 Olympics.”
David Sparkes, British Swimming Chief Executive, said:
"British Swimming were determined to support our athletes and their parents and close friends, and we were delighted to work in collaboration with the BOA in ensuring that each athlete had two tickets for the Games. The athletes can now focus on their preparation for what promises to be a fantastic show in the pool with outstanding performances from one of the best prepared and supported teams in the swimming world."
Sarah Winckless, BOA Athletes’ Commission Chairman, said:
“A Home Games will only come once in our lifetime and as athletes it is really important to have the support of friends and family close by. It can make the crucial difference to your performance. This represents another significant step forward in the BOA’s support of Team GB and is great news for Team GB swimmers. It is pleasing that all Team GB athletes are now in a position of equality with regard to access to tickets.”