Preview of the year part two: What to watch out for in 2015

09 January 2015 / 15:05

With the Olympic Games slowly creeping up 2015 promises to be a huge year for Britain's athletes.

And with so much action ahead we take a sneak peak at what's in store.

Women’s Football World Cup, Canada, 06 June-05 July

Many of the stars of Team GB’s first ever women’s football team will be taking to the field for England at the World Cup, which also serves as a qualifier for the Rio Olympic games.

London 2012 Team GB and current England captain top scorer Steph Houghton will almost definitely be one of those on the place heading to Canada, as England look to topple reigning World Champions and current no.1 ranked side Germany.

EuroBasket Women, Hungary, Romania, 11-28 June

EuroBasket Women 2015 will be the 35th edition of the continental tournament in women’s basketball, sanctioned by the FIBA Europe.

Great Britain, coached by Peter Buckle, will be hopeful of putting in a good showing after being drawn against Serbia, Croatia, Latvia and Russia in Pool C.

European Games, Baku, Azerbaijan, 12-28 June

This summer sees in the inaugurual European Games take place in Baku, featuring over 6,000 athletes from over 50 National Olympic Committees competing in 20 sports.

Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016, meaning a whole host of Team GB names will be sure to feature prominently.

World Aquatics Championships, Kazan, Russia, 24 July-9 August

Kazan will play host to the biggest international swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming competition between now and the Rio Olympics with plenty of chances for Team GB athletes to push their qualification claims.

European Youth Olympic Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia, 26 July-1 August

The second part of 2015’s European Youth Olympic Festival double header, attention switches to the 13th summer edition in Georgia.

Team GB will again have another strong presence as they look to improve on their second-place finish in the medal table in 2013, which included three golds and a silver for now senior GB gynast Nile Wilson.

Eurohockey Championships, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, London, 21-30 August

Built as part of the Olympic legacy project, London’s new hockey centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host its first major championships this summer.

With the added significance of the men’s and women’s tournaments serving as a qualifier event for Rio 2016, expect plenty of stiff competition between Europe’s top eight teams.

World Athletics Championships, Beijing, China, 22-30 August

Athletics will return to the Bird’s Nest for the first time since the Beijing Games in 2008, where a number of Team GB’s stars begin the real countdown for Rio.

Christine Ohuruogu will be hoping she can recreate her gold medal heroics from 2008 in the stunning arena as she defends her 2013 400m world title, while the Championships could be the stage for sprinter Adam Gemili to make his first major impact on the World stage.

World Judo Championships, Astana, Kazakhstan, 24-30 August

Baluan Sholak Sport Palace will play host to the world’s best judokas this summer as the race to accumulate valuable ranking point for Rio hots up.

Team GB claimed two judo medals at London 2012 with Gemma Gibbons taking -78kg silver and Karina Bryant +78kg bronze and while the latter is now retired, hopes will be high for Gibbons.

World Rowing Championships, Aiguebelette, France, 30 August-6 September

The highlight of the international rowing calendar, the 2015 edition of the championships will carry even more significance after it’s selection as the main qualification event for Rio 2016.

Great Britain won four golds at last year’s event and there will be high expectations for even more, including 39-year-old four-time Olympian Katherine Grainger bidding to earn a place in Rio after stepping back out of retirement.

Canoe Slalom World Championships, Lee Valley White Water Centre, 16-20 September

The 37th edition of the Canoe Slalom World Championships gives fans the chance to relieve memories of London 2012 as action returns to the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

With the chance to gain valuable ranking points for Rio 2016, competition promises to be stiff with London 2012 C2 gold medallist Etienne Stott looking to strike up another winning partnership with Mark Proctor following the retirement of Tim Baillie.

Men’s World Boxing Championships, Doha, Qatar, 5-18 October

With the Women’s World Boxing Championships taking place last year, attention switches to the men in October as Doha plays host to the biannual competition.

The home nations will no doubt be sending their best boxers into the ring with valuable ranking points in the race for Rio up for grabs.

World Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow 23 October-01 November

Team GB’s artistic gymnasts will return to the same stage where they amazed the crowds and claimed a huge medal haul at the Commonwealth Games, as Glasgow hosts the 46th World Gymnastics Championships.

Double Olympic bronze medallist Max Whitlock will lead the charge for the men as he aims to upgrade on 2014 all-around and 2013 pommel horse silvers while for the women, all eyes will be on four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Claudia Fragapane with Rio qualification places up for grabs.

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