Team Gregory/Sheaf Named As Team England Ambassadors
8th November 2016
England’s top Beach Volleyball pair Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf have today been announced as key members of the Team England Athlete Ambassador programme, which will see Commonwealth Games England (CGE) work closely with 30 English athletes in the build-up to the Gold Coast Games.
Commonwealth Games England’s President Denise Lewis is leading the programme and will work with Ambassadors from a range of Commonwealth sports.
Denise Lewis, President of Commonwealth Games England and former Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion, said: “We are delighted to have a great selection of some of England’s greatest, and most promising, athletes involved in the Team England Athlete Ambassador programme. We will work with them and their sports to raise the profile of Team England and create excitement for the nation ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Chris and Jake are fantastic athletes. Their experience will also be vital in helping Team England prepare for the Gold Coast Games in just over 500 days’ time.”
The Team England Athlete Ambassador programme was unveiled at Commonwealth Games England’s Annual General Meeting in London today.
The Athlete Ambassadors will support CGE to raise the profile of Team England and its values, develop a strong Team England ethos amongst athletes, the organisation and the nation, and prepare Team England for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Chris Gregory said:“It’s a huge honour to have been selected by Team England as an Athlete Ambassador. Multi-sporting environments are extremely tough and working closely with Team England, and other athletes will enable us, and our peers, to be well prepared for the challenge ahead.”
Jake Sheaf said: “This is the first time Beach Volleyball will feature at the Commonwealth Games and it’s an experience that we are all looking forward to. Working with Team England in the build-up to the Games will help us massively.”
Commonwealth Games England also today revealed at its AGM detailed plans that are in place to create the best performance environment for Team England to deliver success for the nation at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
As part of its plans to send the best prepared team to the Gold Coast, CGE will hold a Team England preparation camp in Australia, create a dedicated performance centre inside the Commonwealth Games Village, offer a full programme of support services and send a team of around 600 athletes and staff, in what will be England’s largest ever sporting team to represent the nation abroad.
Team England at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will include around 400 athletes who will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events in what will be the largest ever para-sport programme.
The Team England Athlete Ambassadors announced today are:
Athletics – Niamh Emerson
Badminton – Lauren Smith
Beach Volleyball – Chris Gregory & Jake Sheaf
Boxing – Frazer Clarke
Cycling – Evie Richards
Diving – Freddie Woodward
Gymnastics – Kristian Thomas & Mimi Cesar
Hockey – David Ames, George Pinner & Sam Ward
Lawn Bowls – Ellen Falkner & Paul Brown
Netball – Joanna Harten
Rugby Sevens – Phil Burgess, Tom Mitchell
Squash – Laura Massaro & Nick Matthew
Swimming – Aimee Willmott & Ollie Hynd
Table Tennis – Will Bayley
Weightlifting – Zoe Smith & Ali Jawad
Wrestling – George Ramm