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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.

Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff
Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff

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.”

Name - Role - Institute

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

Jonathan Hanson Doctor SIS

Kate Hutchings Doctor EIS

Michelle Jeffrey Doctor SIS

Kate Jordan Doctor Indep

Carrie McCrae Doctor SIS

Alastair Nicol Doctor Indep

Graeme Wilkes Doctor Indep

Wendy Martinson Performance Nutrition Lead EIS / Indep

Emma Gardner Nutritionist EIS

Irene Riach Nutritionist SIS

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

TBA Performance Chef  TBA

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

Carl Butler Physiotherapist EIS

Oli Davies Physiotherapist SIS

Angela George Physiotherapist EIS

Paul Gould Physiotherapist EIS

Ian Horsley Physiotherapist EIS

Craig More Physiotherapist SIS

Caryl Becker Physiotherapist EIS

Lily Devine Physiotherapist EIS

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