The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today announced Paul Ford as Chef de Mission for the Győr 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF).
Ford, who is currently a Sport Engagement Manager at the BOA, will lead the Team GB delegation in Hungary from the 23rd – 29th July as Győr plays host to the 14th summer edition of the EYOF.
The city, based in north-west Hungary, will welcome athletes from 50 European nations to compete across ten sporting disciplines; athletics, basketball, canoeing, cycling, gymnastics, handball, judo, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Ford first joined the BOA in 2011 in the build up to London 2012 and Sochi 2014 before taking up the role of Deputy Chef de Mission at the inaugural Baku 2015 European Games.
For Rio 2016, Ford headed up Team GB’s pre-Games preparation camp in Belo Horizonte which hosted 164 athletes across 14 sports. He was subsequently awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and today Ford was also announced at the Deputy Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Team GB has a rich history of medal success at EYOF, having won at least 20 medals in each of the previous 13 summer Festivals. They provide crucial multi-sport Games experience for young athletes and have helped develop Olympians such as Nile Wilson, Ellie Downie, Duncan Scott and Nekoda Davis who all competed at Rio 2016.
Ford said: “It’s huge honour to be Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Győr 2017 and a great sense of personal pride to be leading the team for the first time. Team GB are always very competitive in European Youth Olympic Festivals and it will be great to see the next generation of talent continue that trend in Hungary this summer.
“Rio 2016 was a fantastic success for British Olympic sport and hopefully those performances can act as an inspirational springboard for the class of 2017. For these athletes, Győr 2017 will be a first multi-sport event experiences and a great opportunity to develop as they continue their journey to the Olympic Games.”