Meet Andy McSweeney
Andy McSweeney, Head of Operations with basketballscotland, is currently completing a four week secondment with the British Olympic Association (BOA). Andy is working as a Sports Liaison at the Team GB Preparation Camp in Loughborough, helping to ensure that the final preparations for participating sports go to plan.
Which sports have you worked with?
All 541 Team GB athletes have come to Loughborough over the past 7 weeks to collect kit and become part of ‘One Team GB’. However, my main role has been with the sports that have stayed on campus to complete training camps here, as part of their final preparations for London 2012. These sports include Volleyball, Handball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Fencing, Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Wrestling.
What do the sports receive at Prep Camp?
The BOA, Loughborough University and the English Institute of Sport have combined to offer a complete package of training facilities, support services (i.e. Physio, Strength & Conditioning etc), accommodation, catering, transport and logistics to the sports whilst they are on campus. The aim is to provide sports with everything they need to complete the final steps in their journey, before they transition into the Athlete Village and ‘Take the Stage’ in London.
What about the basketball?!?!
GB men’s and women’s basketball teams both came through Prep Camp, but had already departed before I arrived on 8th July. I was disappointed to have missed them coming through, but everyone spoke highly of the teams and we have all been following them on TV from here. I understand they nearly made the hotel run out of bed-extensions!!
What has been the best thing about your involvement in London 2012 Prep Camp?
As always, it’s the people that make any experience what it is. To get the opportunity to work alongside sports professionals from all over the UK and from such a wide range of sports, as well as full-time professionals with the BOA, has been incredible. It has broadened my knowledge of how different sports operate and there are a lot of lessons that I will bring back to basketballscotland with me.
As well as this, having the opportunity to witness the final preparations of many of the athletes that will become household names over the next few weeks has been a real honour. It’s really heightened my appreciation of each sport ahead of the home games.