Olympic Ambition Programme
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today announced the full list of 130 athletes and 56 coaches from across 44 sport disciplines who will participate in Team GB’s Olympic Ambition Programme during the London 2012 Olympic Games. basketballscotland is delighted to announce that Doug Reilly Head Coach of Scotland U18 Mens Squad is part of the programme along with Ryan McKay a player from St Mirren and member of the U18 Mens Sqaud.
The Programme, which is being supported by Proud Partner of London 2012 Lloyds TSB, will give the young and talented British athletes and coaches a unique opportunity to experience the Olympic Games environment at first hand this summer.
The Programme focuses on preparing the athletes and coaches to compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games or the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It aims to provide personal development and inspiration to the participants and produce a performance legacy for Team GB from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
During the Programme, all athletes and coaches will visit Team GB’s Preparation Camp at Loughborough University, where they will take part in kitting out and experience a multi-sport preparation environment. The participants will then travel to London where they will visit the Olympic Village, watch two Olympic competition sessions and experience the atmosphere at Team GB House in Westfield Stratford City.
Doug visited Loughburgh University on Monday and Tuesday of this week. He will be keeping us all up to date with summaries form the sessions that he attends.
The Ambition Programme was first delivered by the BOA at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where those involved in the programme included Athletics World Championship silver medallist Hannah England and European bronze medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton, Triathlon world number two Jonathan Brownlee, Badminton World Championship silver medallists Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, and Modern Pentathlon World Champion Mhairi Spence. All of these athletes will be hoping to use their experiences from Beijing to help them achieve their personal best with Team GB at their first Olympic Games as a competitor this summer.
Team GB Chef de Mission and British Olympic Association CEO Andy Hunt said:
“The Olympic Ambition Programme is a key element of our legacy planning for future Olympic Games, both summer and winter. The young athletes and coaches participating in the programme will experience the unique atmosphere and environment of the Olympic Games and gain a very special behind the scenes insight with Team GB. We hope the Programme will provide them with added inspiration and knowledge to further develop their international sporting careers and compete successfully for Team GB at future Olympic Games.”
British Athletes Commission Chair and Ambition Programme Director Sarah Winckless said:
“The Ambition Programme is world leading in terms of preparation for competing at future Olympic Games and I will be encouraging the young British athletes and coaches to grab hold of this special opportunity with both hands and take in as much from the experience as they possibly can.
“The Programme aims to give the athletes and coaches an insight into the different unique aspects of the Olympic environment and to help them develop the tools they will need to become successful Olympians of the future, both as athletes, and as well rounded young people.”