With under six months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, National Lottery operator, Camelot, has thrown its support behind Team GB and ParalympicsGB in the build-up to two of the world’s most globally recognised sporting events.
The National Lottery has always been a fantastic supporter of Olympic and Paralympic sport and now its operator, Camelot, will play a key role in helping to ensure athletes arrive at the biggest sporting moment of their lives in the best possible shape.
Team GB and ParalympicsGB have undertaken a comprehensive review of their operations following the March 2020 postponement to ensure athletes are met with Covid-secure environments to prepare for the Games – and Camelot’s vital support will play a key role in making this happen.
The Team GB investment will cover a range of Covid mitigation measures, from cutting-edge hygiene technology to a comprehensive testing programme, which aims to protect the Team GB delegation prior to and during the Games. For ParalympicsGB the investment will deliver safeguards including lateral flow testing across all prep camps, the Athlete Village and out-of-village locations, as well as Covid-secure transport and dining at athletes’ pre-Games camps in Tokyo. Every detail has been considered before the teams arrive in Tokyo.
Camelot Become an Official Partner & Supporter
This latest announcement will see Camelot become an official partner of ParalympicsGB and an official supporter of Team GB. It will continue a relationship which has seen The National Lottery provide life-changing support to Olympic and Paralympic athletes every time that players buy a National Lottery ticket.
Since National Lottery funding for elite sport began in 1996, over £2.8 billion has been invested in supporting British Olympic and Paralympic sport. These funds, distributed by UK Sport, are fundamental to the success of athletes and sports at Games time, and have helped Team GB and ParalympicsGB establish themselves among the best countries in the world.
At Rio 2016, Team GB finished second in the medal table securing 67 medals and surpassing the total number won in London four years previously. ParalympicsGB also enjoyed huge success too, winning an incredible 147 medals, 64 of them gold, to also finish second in the medal table.
On top of this, The National Lottery contributed up to £2.2 billion towards the cost of the London 2012 Games, with Camelot achieving its target of raising £750 million towards this sum from sales of specially-designated lottery games ahead of schedule.
As part of the collaboration with Camelot, Team GB and ParalympicsGB will help deliver a programme – called ‘Everyday Wellness’ – for Camelot’s 1,000 employees and help them be their best: happier, healthier and more balanced.
Very Difficult Year
In a very difficult year for society throughout the UK and the wider world, people have been pushed to their limits on various fronts and this innovative programme will enhance the activities Camelot already carries out in recognising the importance, value and wellbeing of its staff.
Camelot CEO, Nigel Railton, said:
“We’re delighted to support TeamGB and ParalympicsGB during what has been an extraordinary period for the whole of the UK. Throughout the pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of our employees has been our number one priority – so it seems fitting that this partnership will not only help ensure that the nation’s athletes are met with Covid-secure environments as they prepare for the Games, but will also give our employees further opportunity to be at their best every day.”
British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Anson, said: “The nation has been heavily impacted during the last 12 months and the Tokyo Games provide an amazing opportunity to generate a positive message.
“The support of Camelot is timely in ensuring that we’re able to maintain the world class environment for our athletes in Tokyo whilst incorporating the vital additional infrastructure to make sure our facilities are Covid-secure for our athletes and to allow them to reach the ‘start line’ in the best possible condition.
“We’re also excited to work with Camelot and their staff on our innovative wellness programme and share the lessons learned from the success of Team GB.”
British Paralympic Association CEO, Mike Sharrock, said:
“Like so many organisations the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the British Paralympic Association and this partnership with Camelot will help ensure we can deliver world class preparation and Games time environments to empower our athletes to achieve their goals this summer.
“Tokyo 2020 is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and we are confident ParalympicsGB can help unite and inspire the nation once again.”
Tales from the Octagon Comes to The Ulster Hall
Michael Bisping, UFC Hall of Fame fighter and former Middleweight Champion, is coming to Belfast’s Ulster Hall on October 22nd 2022 to give his supporters the opportunity to hear his incredible story in his own words with ‘An Evening With Michael Bisping… TALES FROM THE OCTAGON’.
His journey has taken him from England’s North West through to the top of the MMA world, becoming the only British champion in UFC history. Alongside a burgeoning Hollywood movie career, the latest chapter in his life sees Michael host a hugely successful podcast, as well as commentating for ESPN, BT Sports and formerly Fox Sports. From fighting stories to life outside the ring, his unwavering drive and determination will make for an inspirational and entertaining evening for all UFC and sport fans alike.
When working numerous dead-end jobs to make ends meet whilst all the time training in boxing, kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu, Michael realised he had the potential to be a world-class fighter and doing so would be his best opportunity to provide for his family. He rededicated himself to this craft. Michael eventually went on to win The Ultimate Fighter 3 in 2006, kick-starting his professional career, and ten years later in 2016 at UFC 199, he became the first British fighter to become a UFC Champion.
After an incredible 13 year career, which included the loss of his right eye, Michael became a UFC analyst with BT Sport and ESPN, named FanSided MMA’s 2019 Analyst of the Year and authored Sunday Times Best Seller Quitter’s Never Win. He’s the host of the “Believe You Me” podcast and has launched a successful acting career, having been featured in xXx Return of Xander Cage, Den of Thieves and announcing his latest roles in Den of Thieves 2 and the lead in the upcoming film titled The Journeyman. His documentary titled ‘Bisping’ was released in 2021.
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”.