Team GB welcomed a special guest today as Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Team GB Experience at Loughborough University. The Prime Minister was welcomed by British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Colin Moynihan and Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt before being taken on a tour of the Team GB Experience.
During his tour, the Prime Minister met members of the Team GB Volleyball and Basketball squads, both of whom were completing their kitting out process, and Team GB Ambassador James Degale -- a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in boxing. The Prime Minister had a behind-the-scenes look at numerous elements of the Team GB Experience, including a tour of the leisure and performance wear areas provided by adidas and the formal wear and Ceremonies apparel studio provided by Next.
The Prime Minister also took time to record a video message of support for Team GB athletes that will be shared with the delegation nearer to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Earlier in the day at Loughborough University, the Prime Minister delivered a speech highlighting the important economic benefits the Olympic and Paralympic Games will deliver across the United Kingdom.
Approximately 550 athletes and 450 support staff will pass through the Team GB Experience, and 13 sports are conducting their pre-Games preparations at Loughborough University.
The Team GB Experience includes the official ‘kitting out’ process and an opportunity for athletes and staff to sign up to the One Team GB core values of Performance, Respect, Unity, Responsibility and Pride. Team GB partner adidas is providing athletes with competition kit, leisurewear and Village wear, while Team GB partner Next is providing Ceremonies apparel and formalwear.
British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Colin Moynihan:
“The Prime Minister recognises what a unique privilege it is to welcome the world for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and how important it is for all of the UK to get behind our athletes. It was a pleasure to welcome the Prime Minister today to the Team GB Experience and we appreciate his continued support of the Games and Team GB. With just over three weeks to go until the Games begin, it is a real boost to our athletes to know the Prime Minister took the time today to offer his support and best wishes, and that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal did the same yesterday.”
Team GB Men’s Basketball Captain Luol Deng:
“It was great of the Prime Minister to visit and show his support for us. We really appreciate it and it means a lot to know that we have the support of the Prime Minister and the nation. We talked about the fact that he went to a basketball game earlier this year with President Obama. He told me President Obama is a fan, which is great.”