London 2012 - Hay new Team GB preparation camp boss

Tue, 14 Jun 07:34:00 2011

Ten years ago he coached Rhona Martin to Winter Olympic curling gold, now Mike Hay will have a key role in the preparation of Great Britain's London 2012 hopefuls.

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Hay has been appointed to manage Team GB's Olympic preparation camp in Loughborough, replacing Craig Hunter, who has stepped down from the role.

Original plans for a preparation camp in Aldershot were scrapped and many sports have elected to make their final adjustments for the Games away from the Team GB managed multi-sport environment, with British Swimming basing themselves in Edinburgh and UK Athletics expected to tune up outside of the UK to avoid media attention.

But a smaller scale camp in Loughborough is designed to give others the chance to prepare, especially given the large number of the 500 strong team that are expected to be making their Olympic debuts, and Hunter - who served as England's team leader at last year's Commonwealth Games - had been tasked with planning.

The reasons for his departure are not known and while he will also step down from Team GB delegation leadership team, headed by British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt, the former swimmer will still take responsibility for the British team at the European Youth Olympic Festival this summer.

"Following his excellent work at the preparation camps prior to Beijing and Vancouver, I have every confidence that Mike will successfully deliver the performance focused environment which will ensure Team GBs athletes enter the Olympic Stadium having benefited from the best possible preparation," said Hunt.

"I would like to thank Craig for his detailed and diligent work in developing the preparation camp strategy and look forward to continuing to work with him in his role as chef de mission for the European Youth Olympic Festival."

Hay managed the preparation camp in Calgary ahead of last year's Winter Olympics and will also part of the team based in the holding camp in Macau before the Beijing Games.

"From my time as head of high performance at curling I am only too aware of the importance of creating the right environment to enable athletes to focus and prepare themselves, both mentally and physically, in the crucial final weeks leading up to an Olympic Games," he said.

More than the Games / Eurosport

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