The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today confirmed that Mark England has been appointed Team GB’s Chef de Mission for the Baku 2015 European Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Mark is the current Director of Sport Services at the BOA and in his 13 years at the organisation has previously been a deputy Chef De Mission at six Olympic Games, including London 2012 and Chef De Mission for a number of Olympic Youth Festivals. Mark’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Board at today’s meeting.
BOA Chairman Sebastian Coe commented,
“I’m delighted that the Board has approved Mark’s appointment. We have already seen a hugely successful Team GB compete in Sochi earlier this year and we want that momentum to continue at the European Games in Baku and then on to Rio in 2016. The athletes on the field of play will ultimately be those who will inspire and excite the British public, but the right support team provides a powerful foundation for the athletes - and the Board has confidence that is exactly what Mark will deliver. ”
BOA CEO Bill Sweeney commented,
"Mark has been leading the BOA’s preparations for both events and brings a wealth of Olympic knowledge and expertise to the roles. Baku 2015 and Rio 2016 will both will require complex planning and Mark’s experience and relationships in those cities will help ensure no stone is left unturned in providing Team GB with the best possible environment to perform at its best at both Games.”
Mark England commented,
“I’m hugely honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the teams heading out to Baku and Rio over the next couple of years. I look forward to working with my Team GB colleagues and the National Governing Bodies to ensure the preparations being put in place are world class.”