Members of the Team GB Delegation Leadership, led by Chef de Mission Andy Hunt, and Team Leaders from Olympic sports are participating in a three-day workshop beginning today to further refine and implement the detailed operational plans for Team GB’s participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The workshop, which is the third of six being delivered by the British Olympic Association (BOA) before London 2012, will include inspections of the Olympic Park, Olympic Village and other sport-specific London 2012 competition and training venues.
Following the recent series of Host Nation Qualification Places reviews held between the BOA and National Governing Bodies, Team GB now has the opportunity to be represented in all 26 sports and is expected to consist of over 500 athletes in London 2012.
Given the high proportion of sports in which Team GB is either debuting or returning to Olympic competition after a recent absence, the focus of the first session of the workshop, being held this afternoon in Greenwich near the equestrian and modern pentathlon venues, is on Olympic orientation and preparing the Team Leaders and their sports for the unique environment and processes involved in Olympic participation.
On Tuesday, the Team Leaders will be received at LOCOG’s Headquarters by Chief Executive Paul Deighton and senior members of LOCOG's Games Planning Team, before conducting a tour of the Olympic Park and the Olympic Village accommodation.
The third and final day of the workshop on Wednesday will see the focus switch to sport-specific venue visits to fine tune operational and logistical plans on a sport-by-sport basis, with the BOA’s Sport Engagement Team providing support to the Team Leaders and Team GB Delegation Leadership.
During the course of the workshop members of the Team GB Delegation Leadership will update Team Leaders on progress being made across a number of key performance and operational areas focused on preparing British athletes for optimum performance in the unique environment of an Olympic Games on home soil. Latest information will be shared in areas including accreditation, preparation camps, Olympic Village, Games transportation, media and the high performance services that will be provided in the Games environment.
The first Team Leader workshop was held at Loughborough University, site of Team GB’s preparation camp, in November last year and the second at the BOA’s Headquarters in London in March.
Notes to Editors
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to transform British lives through the power of the Olympic values and the success of Team GB. The BOA’s role is to prepare the ‘Best of British’ athletes for, and lead them at, the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games. The BOA delivers extensive support services to Britain’s Olympic athletes and their National Governing Bodies to enhance Olympic success and is responsible for championing the Olympic values and brand in the UK.
The BOA receives no funding from the lottery or government, has no political interests and is completely dependent upon fundraising income to achieve its mission. The BOA is the strong, independent voice for British Olympic Sport. For further information, go to: www.olympics.org.uk
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