With just over five months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the British Olympic Association today confirmed the 44-person performance services team that will provide day-to-day support of the athletes.
In addition to the sport’s own performance staff these performance service members – including doctors, physiotherapists, a psychologist, performance scientists, performance analysts, nutritionists and a chef – will form an integral part of the Team GB HQ workforce and will be spread across the Olympic Village, as well as Team GB’s own performance venues: Preparation Camp and Performance Lodge.
Team GB’s Preparation Camp will be situated across Keio University (Hiyoshi Campus), Yokohama International Pool and Todoroki Stadium in Kawasaki, while Team GB’s Performance Lodge, a venue for quiet training during Games-time, will be in the Odaiba area, adjacent to the Olympic Village.
In addition to these Tokyo roles, there will be eight performance analysts based in the UK but working on Tokyo time, situated at Team GB’s Cardiff Hub at the Sport Wales Institute, supporting on the ground operations in Tokyo.
The performance services team will be led by Deputy Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, Dr. Paul Ford MBE, with the experienced team having attended over 100 multi-sport games between them.
Ford said: “We have created the best and most detailed pre-Games training environment that will rival any in the world to prepare the athletes for their sporting pinnacle at Tokyo 2020 and I have no doubt that we have also recruited the best possible support team to fill these vital Games-time roles.
“We are proud to once again have representation from across the UK high performance sport network, from the national sports institutes, National Governing Bodies, and private practices, ensuring we have the best possible and most experienced staff ever put together for a Games.
“We are acutely aware that there are various components that make a successful team but we have no doubt the athletes and sports will be the best supported and prepared when they take to the field of play in July.”
The Home Country Sport Institutes will once again play an integral role in delivering expertise through their practitioners and as in 2016 at the Rio Games, Dr. Niall Elliott, sportscotland Institute of Sport, has been appointed as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) having most recently performed as CMO for Team Scotland at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Elliott will be the head of the medical team for the British athletes at Tokyo 2020, which will attend training and competition venues during the event in the Japanese capital and beyond.
Elliott said: “It’s a huge honour to work with the British Olympic Association and be charged with the health and wellbeing of the whole delegation. This is the opportunity to work alongside some excellent, experienced and trusted colleagues from across the UK at the pinnacle of sport.”
Louise Fawcett, from the English Institute of Sport, who has also worked at five Olympic Games, will be Team GB’s Chief Physiotherapist.
Fawcett said: “It’s a privilege to be the BOA Chief Physiotherapist for the Tokyo Games.
“Supporting athletes at the Olympics is an essential and rewarding role. As a multi-disciplinary support team, we’ll do everything we can to ensure Team GB athletes are fully prepared to help them achieve their goals.
“Preparations for the Games are ongoing and I am confident we will be ready to provide the best possible physiotherapy services to the team.”
|Paul Ford||Deputy Chef de Mission – Performance||BOA|
|Greg Retter||Head of Performance Services||BOA|
|Niall Elliott||Chief Medical Officer||SIS|
|Mike Rossiter||Deputy Chief Medical Officer||Indep|
|Wendy Martinson||Performance Nutrition Lead||EIS / Indep|
|Julia Wells||Performance Analyst Lead||EIS|
|Yiannis Konstantonis||Performance Analyst||EIS|
|Yana Stride||Performance Analyst||EIS|
|Paul Worsfold||Performance Analyst||EIS|
|Carys Jones||Performance Analyst UK Hub Lead||WIS|
|Emma Bird||Performance Analyst UK Hub||EIS|
|Mark Bone||Performance Analyst UK Hub||Indep|
|Tia Davidson||Performance Analyst UK Hub||EIS|
|Victoria Jones||Performance Analyst UK Hub||MMU|
|Emma Mosscrop||Performance Analyst UK Hub||MMU|
|Jennifer Roach||Performance Analyst UK Hub||WIS|
|Faye Hodson||Performance Coordinator||EIS|
|Kate Hays||Performance Psychology Lead||EIS|
|Luke Gupta||Performance Science||EIS|
|David Lasini||Performance Science||NISI|
|Luke Sweet||Performance Science||EIS|
|Paddy Anson||Performance Science Lead||EIS|
|Laura Hanna||Performance Service Manager||Indep|
|Stuart Pickering||Performance Service Manager||EIS|
|Louise Fawcett||Chief Physiotherapist||EIS|
|Nicki Combarro||Deputy Chief Physiotherapist||Indep|
For media enquiries regarding the performance services team please contact: Thomas.Rowland@TeamGB.com