CP Plus have said that this is a very significant milestone for the British team as they begin their journey to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Andy Hunt, who works as the chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA) agreed with this and added that no other sporting event in the last few decades has fielded such an ambitious and diverse team, who will serve as proud representatives of the nation.
With the British team, there are four different sets of siblings, including Kate and Lucy McGregor, who will be sailing, Asha and Jenna Randall, who will be competing in synchronised swimming, Richard and Peter Chambers, who will be rowing, and finally, Jonathan and Alistair Brown, taking part in the triathlon.
Along with chefs de mission Mark England and Clive Woodward, and Louise Whitehead, the operations manager, Andy Hunt submitted all of the team member’s names during registration. This is one of the largest British teams to enter into the games in recent history according to CP Plus UK.
When the Games were first hosted in London in 1908, there were a total of 676 members on the British team and most were men. This year, the number of men on the team only outnumbers the number of women very slightly, at 280 to 262, and the amount of females representing Britain has increased significantly in recent years.
There are three athletes on the British Team, for whom this year’s Games will be their sixth; these include Nick Skelton, competing in show-jumping, Mary King, competing in eventing, and Alison Williamson, competing in archery. These athletes are experts to headline along with Chris Hoy, a cyclist who will be hoping to add a fifth gold medal to his collection and Ben Ainslie, a sailing competitor, who will be aiming to win a fourth consecutive gold medal.
The first team of Great Britain will from over five different sporting disciplines, including swimming, shooting, football, equestrian and diving, will enter into the athlete’s base inside the Olympic Park when it is opened on July 16th. CP Plus commented that BOA has already sent more than ten thousand units of sporting equipment and other necessities such as umbrellas and furniture, into the British team’s area in the athlete’s village.