Sport-in-brief - your weekly update from the high performance sports community
Published 27 March 2014
Cycling: British Cycling and the Football Association (FA) have joined forces to get more women involved in their respective sports, both governing bodies announced today, in a launch involving female track cycling stars and England Women players.
Kick Start Your Ride is an initiative from the two governing bodies to encourage more women to cycle to matches. It includes organising guided Breeze bike rides for women attending England Women’s World Cup qualifiers, FA Women’s Super League (WSL) matches and The FA Women’s Cup Final.
The initiative will begin at England’s next FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 qualifier against Montenegro, at the AMEX Community Stadium in Brighton on Saturday 5 April.
Equestrian: British Dressage Chief Executive Amanda Bond has announced that she will be leaving the organisation to take up an opportunity overseas in June.
Bond joined British Dressage in October 2008 after completing her role with the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics in Hong Kong and in her five and a half years with the organisation has made a significant impact.
She will be joining the Hong Kong Jockey Club in the role of Executive Manager – Equestrian Affairs.
British Equestrian Federation
Hockey: England Hockey is returning to Reading Hockey Club this April for the showcase finales to the men’s and women’s hockey leagues. Also taking place over Easter is the England team who take on Ireland in what will be the first opportunity to see the England men’s team since winning a magnificent Bronze medal at the Hockey World League Finals in India.
The NOW: Pensions Men’s Finals Weekend is taking place on Saturday 5 April – Sunday 6 April, whilst the Investec Women’s Finals Weekend takes place one week later on Saturday 12 April – Sunday 13 April. Both weekends will see England’s top clubs compete for glory, the league crown and European qualification. England take on Ireland in the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup on the evening of Thursday 10 April. Advance tickets for this international fixture are just £1 for U18s, making it a great opportunity for children to watch the England team.
Tickets are now available on the England Hockey website.
ParalympicsGB: Quadruple London 2012 gold medallist and 22-time Paralympic medallist Dame Sarah Storey will be an ambassador for the next ParalympicsGB Sports Fest, which the British Paralympic Association (BPA) announced will be held in Manchester.
To be held at SportCity in Manchester, the fourth ParalympicsGB Sports Fest will take place on Monday May 19, 2014.
Dame Sarah said: "I’m delighted to be named as a Sports Fest Ambassador - some of our most successful Paralympians have helped to promote this fantastic event and I am pleased I can be involved too. After everything that sport has done for me, I truly believe that sport can change your life and this is an opportunity for lots of disabled people to find out more about how sport could change theirs.”
Taekwondo: Abigail Stones and Lauren Williams both won gold medals at the 10th annual WTF World Junior Championships in Taipei.
Leah Moorby and Katie Bradley also claimed bronze medals.
A former kick boxing champion and a member of the GB Academy for only seven months after coming through the UK Sport talent campaign Fighting Chance: Battle4Brazil, Williams won through to the final to face Korea's Hyeon-Jeong Han and scored an impressive 17-8 victory.
Triathlon: British Triathlon recruited twelve potential new paratriathletes following their latest Talent ID event in Loughborough.
Great Britain currently has six ITU world champions, making the squad the most successful in the world. However, with paratriathlon set to make its Paralympic debut in 2016, British Triathlon is committed to further professionalising its current squad and looking for new talent.
British Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Performance Manager, Jonathon Riall commented: “This is the first time that we’ve managed to attract a good number of both male and female amputees, a category that we have previously struggled to find athletes for. There were a couple of high-level wheelchair racers as well.
“Our intention from this weekend is to build a definitive talent programme that feeds into the World-Class Performance squad and has its own programme of camps, support and coaching.”
Weightlifting: British Weight Lifting has confirmed a new long term partnership with the Ricoh Arena which will see the Midlands venue host the British National Championships for the next three years, starting in 2014 with the dates confirmed for May 10-11.
The championships will be a real celebration of the sport, with the men’s and women’s competitions taking place alongside the IPC Powerlifting Championships for the first time ever. This means all of the country’s best lifters in the same place, at the same time, for the first time ever in the history of the sport in the United Kingdom.
The British National Championships are also the final opportunity for athletes from all the home nations to qualify for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The two day event promises to be one of the most competitive championships for years as Team England look to select a maximum of 15 athletes plus a team of six for the IPC Powerlifting event, with both competitions taking place simultaneously in Glasgow.