Carr to lead UK Sport on journey to Rio Olympics

22 April 2013 / 18:26

British Olympic Association chairman Lord Coe is looking forward to working with the two key figures charged with shaping the future of British sport.

Rod Carr, the former chief executive and performance director at the Royal Yachting Association, succeeds Baroness Sue Campbell as chairman of elite funding agency UK Sport.

And London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel takes over as chair of Sport England, which is investing more than £1 billion of Lottery and Exchequer funding over five years to boost grassroots sport.

"I look forward to working with Rod and Nick as we seek to build upon last year’s remarkable summer of sport and inspire people of every age to take up sport and benefit from its life-changing values," said Coe. 

"London 2012 should represent the beginning of a new era for sport in our country, and our partners at UK Sport and Sport England can count on the full support of the British Olympic Association in building upon the momentum from those remarkable Games."

Carr, who led the RYA from 2000 until his retirement in 2010, will have a key role in preparing Britain's athletes for the 2016 Games, after UK Sport's decision to invest a record £355 million in National Lottery and Government funding in Olympic and Paralympic sport.

He was previously the RYA’s racing manager and performance director, the sailing team manager for the Atlanta Olympic Games and coach in Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona, as well as being Team GB's deputy chef de mission at the Sydney Olympics.

“Having worked in the British sporting system and with UK Sport for many years, I feel honoured to be entrusted with leading this high performing organisation into the Rio cycle," said Carr.

“Our job is to ensure our Olympic and Paralympic athletes are best placed to keep delivering those magical moments that we all enjoyed last summer, to inspire the next generation for many years to come."

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