Sport-in-Brief - your weekly update from the high performance sports community

Published 12 December 2014

Athletics: UK Athletics has announced the appointment of a non-executive director to the board of UK Athletics.

Anne Wafula-Strike, the former GB & NI Paralympic wheelchair racer, who previously competed for Kenya at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, has been appointed to the role.

British Athletics

Bobsleigh and Skeleton: British Bobsleigh & Skeleton (BBSA) has announced the BBC as ‘Official Broadcast Partner’ for the 2014/15 season.

The 2013/14 season saw the BBC provide FIBT Skeleton World Cup coverage via the red button for the first time in its history and more than 5 million people watched Lizzy Yarnold’s gold medal-win at the Winter Olympics on the BBC. This year’s deal will see further enhancements to coverage of GB’s premier winter sport.

The arrangement will again see coverage of the European leg of the World Cup tour – with live action on the BBC Sport website and highlights on the Red Button following Ski Sunday.

BBSA

Cycling: Great Britain won four gold medals and one bronze at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London, part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series.

Laura Trott was victorious in the omnium, as well as joining forces with Ciara Horne, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker to claim gold in the women’s team pursuit. The men’s team pursuit team of Mark Christian, Steven Burke, Andy Tennant and Owain Doull beat New Zealand in the final to also win gold.

Owain Doull and Mark Christian won the madison after gaining a lap on the field in a thrilling race as New Zealand claimed silver and Germany took bronze.

Elinor Barker won bronze in the women's points race.

British Cycling

Hockey: After topping Pool A, the Quarter Final stage of the 2014 Champions Trophy ended in bitter disappointment for England as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the world number three side Germany. Playing with two fewer outfield players following a bout of sickness in the squad, England conceded two goals in the closing moments of the second and fourth quarters.

England had got their tournament off to a perfect start, beating Australia 3-1 and Pakistan 8-2, before drawing 1-1 with Belgium to top their group.

England Hockey

Modern Pentathlon: The nation’s top Modern Pentathletes will be put through their paces under pressure this weekend as Pentathlon GB holds the first of three planned ranking competitions.

Performance Director Jan Bartu has said the event, to be held at Millfield School, one of Pentathlon GB’s newly appointed Academies, will mark the beginning of the Olympic qualifying period.

“Obviously it’s an opportunity for a bit of competition in the middle of the winter training but it’s also a chance for the athletes to feel the pressure and to deal with it”, said Bartu.

Pentathlon GB

Short Track: The British Short Track speed skating junior team had a successful weekend in the second Star Class of the season.

Jack Burrows claimed two Silver medals in the Men’s Junior B, 500m and 1500m, while Jennifer Pickering skated her way to a Bronze medal in the Ladies 1500m final.

GB Short Track

Skeleton: Following his performances in the first five Europa Cup races of the season, GB’s Kenny Howard has been selected to race in the Intercontinental Cup when the competition resumes in the new year.

A former track athlete, specialising in 60 and 100 meter sprinting, Howard began sliding just two years ago when he came through UK Sport’s Power2Podium scheme having been inspired to take up the sport by his new ICC teammate, Donna Creighton.

BBSA

Swimming: Great Britain won eight medals and broke 18 British records at the World Short Course Championships in Doha.

Adam Peaty, who won three silver medals in Doha, was this week honoured with the Pat Besford Award for Outstanding Performance at the National Lottery supported Sports Journalists Association Awards. The 19-year-old won two golds and one silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, before winning four gold medals at the European Championships, breaking the 50m breaststroke world record along the way.

British Swimming

Wheelchair Tennis: Gordon Reid, Louise Hunt and Andy Lapthorne all claimed titles at the 2014 National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Gloucester.

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