The British Olympic Association (BOA) is announcing today the addition of Mike Hay to the Team GB Delegation Leadership for London 2012 with responsibility for delivering the Preparation Camp at Loughborough University.
Hay brings considerable experience to the role, having managed the Team GB Preparation Camp in Calgary prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and as a member of the successful Preparation Camp team in Macau which preceded Team GB’s outstanding performance at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Prior to joining the BOA as Head of Winter Sport Engagement in 2007, Hay led Team GB’s women curlers, skipped by Rhona Martin, to the gold medal at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Hay replaces Craig Hunter in the 11 strong Team GB Delegation Leadership team, led by Chef de Mission Andy Hunt and will work with the members of the Preparation Camp team to continue to deliver the detailed operational plans developed by Hunter, who will continue in his role as Chef de Mission for Team GB’s participation in the European Youth Olympic Festival, which takes place in Trabzon, Turkey from 24-30 July.
The Preparation Camp in Loughborough is an important component in the journey of Team GB’s athletes on the road to London 2012. As well as the sports that will utilise Loughborough University’s excellent elite sport facilities for their training and preparation in the final days and weeks prior to London 2012, it is expected that every member of Team GB – including athletes, coaches and officials – will visit the Preparation Camp to be officially welcomed as members of Team GB, receive critical pre-Games briefings and collect their Olympic kit.
Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef de Mission & BOA CEO:
“Following his excellent work at the Preparation Camps prior to Beijing and Vancouver, I have every confidence that Mike will successfully deliver the performance focused environment which will ensure Team GB’s athletes enter the Olympic Stadium on 27thJuly 2012 having benefited from the best possible preparation.
“I would like to thank Craig for his detailed and diligent work in developing the Preparation Camp strategy and look forward to continuing to work with him in his role as Chef de Mission for the European Youth Olympic Festival.”
Mike Hay, BOA Head of Team GB Preparation Camp said:
“I am very pleased to accept this role in support of Team GB’s athletes for London 2012. From my time as Head of High Performance at curling I am only too aware of the importance of creating the right environment to enable athletes to focus and prepare themselves, both mentally and physically, in the crucial final weeks leading up to an Olympic Games.”