'Mood in the camp' best ever as British sport enters final year of preparationSubscribe
UK Sport 25 July 2011
- UK Sport Mission 2012 update shows that more sports than ever before rate the ‘climate’ within their sport as green
- Update shows still on track for goal of top four finish at the 2012 Olympics and second in the 2012 Paralympics winning more medals across more sports
As we enter the final year of preparation for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, British sport has never been in a better position to succeed. That is the message coming from the latest UK Sport Mission 2012 update, released today.
UK Sport’s latest analysis of Britain’s summer Olympic and Paralympic sports show a High Performance system in the UK that is not only working effectively to ensure that athletes are given the best possible opportunity to succeed in London, but also that the ‘mood in the camp’ is the best it has ever been, with 28 Olympic & Paralympic sports rating the ‘climate’ within their sport as green, the most since the Mission 2012 process began in 2008 and six more than at the last Mission 2012 update in April this year.
The record level of funding into elite sport through the National Lottery, Exchequer and Team 2012 have helped contribute to the success of British athletes over recent years and, with one year to go, the indications are that this success will continue as we move towards London. Of the 28 Olympic sports assessed, eleven were given an overall rating of green, indicating strong all round performance and confidence in success going forward, whilst none had an overall rating of red.
The picture was much the same in the 18 Paralympic sports assessed, with eight having an overall rating of green and once again, no one sport with an overall red assessment.
UK Sport Chief Executive, Liz Nicholl, said: “It is clear that the mood in the camp across British sport is positive and one of measured confidence. Whilst there is absolutely no room for complacency, we are continuing to see British Olympic and Paralympic sport move from strength to strength as we head into the final twelve months of preparation for the London Games. Mission 2012 shows that as a result of the hard work of athletes, coaches and support staff together with targeted investment, we are on track to achieve our goal of finishing in the top four in the Olympic medal table and second in the Paralympic medal table, winning more medals across more sports.”
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: "With a year to go until London 2012 preparations for the Games are in great shape. I’m confident that UK Sport’s ‘no compromise’ approach will give Team GB and ParalympicsGB the best possible chance to give the country many medal moments next summer. This will be the best prepared and resourced British team in history and I am hopeful our athletes can win more medals across more sports than they did in Beijing.”
Some sports, such as cycling, disability swimming and taekwondo have already competed in some of their UK Sport milestone events for 2011, with strong results supporting the feedback given through Mission 2012, whilst other sports, such as athletics and rowing, have World Championships in the coming months.
“In 2011 we have already seen the likes of Taekwondo record their best ever result in a World Championships winning 4 medals, 3 of which came in their nominated Olympic weight categories,” said Liz Nicholl. “Mission 2012 suggests that these high level results will continue throughout the year and I am optimistic that, with 12 months to go, British sport could not be in a better place.”
Also, for the first time ever, the six Winter Olympic and Paralympic Sports currently funded by UK Sport were part of the Mission process. All sports were rated as Amber overall and there were no Red elements, positive news as the sports prepare themselves for the upcoming season and the journey towards Sochi 2014.