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World Class Performance On The Road To Athens

A 3 day workshop at Hartpury College (23-25 February) will address how the World Class Performance Programme (WCP) will seek to meet the challenges of Athens in the remaining 547 days to the Opening Ceremony. The workshop turns the focus forward, following a constructive debrief of the World Class Performance Team at the second annual World Class Equestrian Seminar held at the British Olympic Association Winter Training Facility in Lofer, Austria, on 1-3 December 2002.

These meetings are an important part of the rigorous process to review performances in 2002 and plans for 2003/4 including preparing for Athens, and meeting stringent BOA "fitness for purpose" requirements for athletes.

On the evening of Monday 24 February Simon Clegg, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association and Chef de Mission of Team GB in Athens, will deliver the key note of the workshop, setting out clearly what is required, physically and mentally, of all athletes who aspire to succeed in Athens. He will be followed by speakers from UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), a top track athlete coach and experts in equine nutrition and care from Spillers and NAF, Official Suppliers to the British Equestrian Team.

Seven WCP Modern Pentathlon athletes will join the WCP riders to share training techniques and to participate in "MOTs" conducted by their Coaches, Performance Managers and sports science specialists from the EIS and UK Sports Institute (UKSI).

Matt Straker, World Class Performance Director, said: "Thanks to the continuing support of Lottery funding our riders can access the first-rate range of athlete-focused support services that all Great Britain's Olympic athletes will benefit from in the run up to Athens. This workshop will make sure each rider gets maximum benefit, according to their individual needs, to help them meet the psychological and physical demands that they will face over the crucial coming months. "

"With the help of the EIS, UKSI, BOA and UK Sport we will be providing a number of new and stimulating ideas that may significantly improve performance and we look forward to consulting on how these may best be applied to equestrian sport."


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