The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced today that double Olympic sailing gold medallist Sarah Gosling has been appointed Team GB’s Chef de Mission for the 2015 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOWF) in Liechtenstein and Voralberg, Austria.
From 24-31 January 2015, Gosling will head up Team GB’s delegation at the first ever EYOWF to be organised by two countries. The Festival also represents the second occasion that Gosling has acted in the role after leading Team GB at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Utrecht - the team of 44 athletes returned with 31 medals across nine sports including nine gold, 14 silver and eight bronze.
In total eight sports will make up the programme for Voralberg/Liechtenstein 2015, with the heart of the Festival located in the Montafon Valley, Austria, and the two neighbouring towns of Schruns and Tschagguns.
Gosling began sailing aged six and was part of the gold medal winning team, affectionately named ‘Three Blondes in a Boat’, which triumphed in the Yngling sailing class at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. She won gold again four years later in Beijing alongside Pippa Wilson and her crewmate from Athens Sarah Ayton.
Team GB Chef de Mission Sarah Gosling said:
“It is such a privilege lead Team GB as Chef de Mission for a second time. I have such fond memories of Utrecht 2013 and I’m looking forward to utilising that experience in Voralberg and Liechtenstein early next year. Being a winter Festival it represents an exciting new challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started.
“These Festivals are a fantastic opportunity for our young winter talent to experience life in a multi-sport Games and I hope it can act as an inspiration and springboard for future success with Team GB at Pyeonchang 2018 and beyond.”
BOA CEO Bill Sweeney said:
“The BOA is delighted to welcome Sarah back as the Chef de Mission for the 2015 EYOWF in Voralberg and Liechtenstein. Utrecht 2013 was a huge success for Team GB, providing valuable experience for our athletes, and I have no doubt that this Festival will prove equally important for the selected competitors.
“The Youth Olympic Festivals represent fantastic opportunities for young athletes to learn Olympic values and understand what life is like as part of Team GB. Sarah’s first-hand experience as a double gold medallist and as a Chef de Mission provides the ideal leadership to inspire these athletes and to help them maximise their time at the Games.”