Sue Campbell to lead UK Sport

Published 1 March 2005

Sue Campbell CBE is to continue in her role as Chair of UK Sport, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced today. She was appointed as Interim (Reform) Chair for 18 months in September 2003. Her new term of appointment will begin on 19 March 2005 and will be for four years.

At UK Sport she will continue to drive forward the development of the programme supporting the UK's world-class athletes. She will also continue to lead the anti-doping programme for the UK and be responsible for improving the education and promotion of ethically fair and drug-free sport.

UK Sport is also looking to strengthen the country's influence as a leading player in the international sporting world. It will be working with individual sport's governing bodies to support them as they bid to stage international events.

Tessa Jowell said:

"I am delighted that Sue has agreed to continue the great work she is doing at UK Sport. Her huge experience of sport at every level means she is the ideal person to take the organisation forward at this hugely important time for British sport.

"Team GB's success in Athens last summer showed that we have some hugely talented athletes in this country. We now need to build on that success and aim for the next level. UK Sport - with Sue at the helm - is now in a position to make Great Britain one of the top sporting nations as we move towards a London Olympics in 2012."

Sue Campbell said:

"Having spent 18 months leading UK Sport through a period of change, the organisation is well positioned to achieve even more success and I am delighted to accept the Secretary of State's invitation to take on the Chair's role on a formal basis.

"The four year appointment will take us beyond Beijing and our focus over the period is firmly set on working with partners in the world class system to help UK sportsmen and women be the best in the world, winning medals, setting the highest standards and fulfilling their responsibilities as role models.

"We will also be working to make sure that we use our unique position to increase the UK's influence by supporting international development through sport, through representation and by attracting major events to the UK. Our top priority is to support the 2012 Olympic bid, the ultimate sporting spectacle that will leave a great legacy for the next generation of athletes. The next four years will be an exciting challenge and here at UK Sport we are all committed to living up to our ambition to be truly world class in every area of operation."

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