The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced Mark England OBE as Chef de Mission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Returning for Success
England successfully managed Team GB as Chef de Mission at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where the team finished second to Team USA in the medal table, collecting gold medals across a greater range of sports than any other nation.
Awarded the OBE for his services to Olympic sport in 2016, Mark oversaw the 366-strong athlete delegation in Brazil with Team GB becoming the first nation to win more medals at the Games immediately after hosting a home Games.
England said: “I am incredibly honoured and proud to once again be asked to be Chef de Mission for Team GB, and I look forward to working with our National Governing Bodies to ensure that every athlete that qualifies onto Team GB has the opportunity to achieve their best performance in Tokyo in two years’ time.”
British Olympic Association
BOA Chairman, Sir Hugh Robertson, said: “We are delighted to confirm this appointment so soon after completing our most successful Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
“Tokyo will be a more competitive Games in many ways and it makes sense to capitalise on Mark’s experience and knowledge to create the best possible environment for the athletes.”
CEO Bill Sweeney, added: “Mark’s re-appointment as Chef de Mission maintains an important continuity for Team GB and allows planning to continue with absolute certainty, following the same format we have successfully followed with Mike Hay during the Olympic Winter Games.
“Mark’s experience and insight, coupled with the trusting relationships he has built across the Olympic sport sector, means we will go into Tokyo as well prepared as we have ever been. We have already signed a number of key strategic partnerships including our pre-Games training facilities in Japan.
“The focus of the organisation is now on Tokyo 2020, for what we think will be a demanding but equally rewarding Olympic Games.”
European Games & The Youth Olympic Games
The BOA has also appointed its Chefs de Mission for the upcoming European Games and the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
Paul Ford MBE will be Chef de Mission for Minsk 2019, the second edition of the European Games, the first having been held in Baku in 2015.
Mahdi Choudhury will lead a team of young British athletes – aged between 15-18 – to the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG.
This edition of the YOG will be notable for the fact that the International Olympic Committee approved equal athlete quotas for the first time in Olympic history, achieving gender equality on the sports programme with 1,999 women and 1,999 men set to compete in October.
Ford said: “The European Games is a developing event that we are proud to be part of, and I am delighted to have been named as Chef de Mission. As ever we will be focussed entirely on making the experience in Minsk the very best it can be for the athletes.”
Choudhury said: “The Youth Olympic Games has traditionally been a great development opportunity for young athletes, and we hope to ensure a new generation of athletes have the chance to experience the unique environment of an Olympic Village and the intensity of the sports programme.”
Team GB Announce First Ever Skateboarders to Compete at the Olympic Games
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today announced the two skateboarders set to compete for Team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Sky Brown and Bombette Martin will both compete for Team GB in the skateboard park discipline in Tokyo, after qualifying in third and eighteenth position respectively during the World Skate qualification season.
Brown will become Team GB’s youngest ever summer Olympian at the age of 13 years and 11 days, surpassing Margery Hinton who was 13 years and 44 days when she competed at Amsterdam 1928 in swimming. In her last international event, Brown produced her best ever competition run, to win a silver medal at the Dew Tour, USA and took third place in the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro the season before, cementing her ranking as third best in the world.
Martin, 14, has had a succession of good competition results in the last two years. In April she won the Skateboard GB x Habito National Championships and more recently finished in the top 20 at the Dew Tour, USA. Martin is the daughter of John ‘Bomber’ Martin, an ex-amateur boxer from Birmingham.
Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo and sees male and female competitors compete in both street and park disciplines.
Team GB Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Mark England, said: “It is incredibly exciting to announce Sky and Bombette to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Not only will they both make history as Team GB’s first ever skateboarders, but Sky will also make history of her own as she becomes our youngest ever summer Olympian.
“Competing at the heart of the Games at the Ariake Urban Sports Park, I am sure the skateboarding park competition will capture the imagination of the Team GB fans, just like freestyle snow sports did when they were introduced to the Olympic Programme. I couldn’t think of two better athletes to act as ambassadors for Team GB in this exciting new Olympic sport and we wish Sky and Bombette the very best of luck in their final preparations.”
James Hope-Gill, CEO at Skateboard GB said: “We are so excited to see two GB skateboarders qualify for the Games. Both girls have such amazing talent and are an inspiration to other skateboarders out there, showing people that anything is possible, no matter your age.
“Over the last two years we have worked with Sky and Bombette to help them with their preparations and today’s announcement shows how their hard work has paid-off. We wish them the best of luck”.
Mayor Welcomes New Stand at Greenisland Football Club
Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston along with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andrew Wilson and Cllr Bobby Hadden visited Greenisland Football Club to see the commencement of the works to provide a new 128-seater spectator stand and turnstiles, which will bring the grounds up to meet Intermediate League status requirements.
Mid and East Antrim Council in partnership with Greenisland Football Club have been working together to deliver this new stand. Through working in partnership, the club have been able to secure £45,000 of external funding and along with a contribution from the club Council are contributing £35,000 to deliver the £90,000 spectator stand.
Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston said: Once again, I would like to pay tribute to Greenisland Football Club and in particular the time and commitment that the club members put into progressing this project.
“As a Council, we have been delighted to help fund a portion of this work and to enable the vision and objectives of the club to be met.
“Greenisland Football Club are a fantastic club and it is no surprise that they have recently been recognised from UEFA as one of the top grass roots football clubs in Europe.”
Mervyn Montgomery, Greenisland Football Club said: “We are indebted to the on-going support of our External Funders and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, to enable us to build upon the existing facilities at Greenisland and to develop further our Community Sports Programs and Longer Terms Plans for the Club.”
This new stand will further enhance the major investment Mid and East Antrim Council made in 2018 through the delivery of a new 3G facility on the back of £100,000 of funding the club secured from SportNI.
The Club and Council had also secured external funding to upgrade the grass pitches, which are owned by the Council, in 2018 at a cost of £50,000.
Mid and East Antrim Council are committed to working with all groups within the borough to ensure that our ratepayers and residents have top class facilities which will improve their quality of life and their health and well-being.