07 June 2011
UKA today announced a clutch of European champions in the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team set to compete at the Spar European Team Championships in Stockholm, Sweden 18-19 June.
Barcelona gold medallists Dai Greene (Coach: Malcolm Arnold), Andy Turner (Coach: Lloyd Cowan), and Phillips Idowu (Coach: Aston Moore), will be joined by European Indoor champion Helen Clitheroe (Coach: John Nuttall) in a strong team also featuring other key Aviva GB&NI performers from the last two major championships.
Following his selection for the 400m hurdles, Dai Greene will also hope to lead by example as team captain for the event, by scoring maximum points in the first track discipline of the championships.
Dwain Chambers (self coached) will line up for the men’s 100m having started the season in superb form with 10.01 at a meet in Sao Paulo last month, whilst youngster Danny Talbot (Dan Cossins), who has already secured a UKA A standard for this summer’s World Championships in Daegu, lines up in the 200m.
Steve Lewis (Dan Pfaff) returns to the team following his injury layoff for a hand fracture that he suffered in February’s Aviva Indoor Grand Prix, having marked a strong return to form with a solid 5.63m clearance in Germany on Saturday, whilst Greg Rutherford (Dan Pfaff) is enjoying a run of consistency with four jumps over eight metres in recent weeks including a slightly wind assisted 8.32m at the Diamond League meet in Eugene last weekend.
Shana Cox (Chris Johnson) makes her Aviva GB&NI team debut in the 400m – Cox can compete for GB at the European Team Championships because the IAAF do not list the event as one that athletes are ineligible for when changing nationality. Perri Shakes Drayton (Chris Zah), who has also put in some fast performances over the flat 400m in recent weeks, will line up in the 400m hurdles having clocked a fast season-opener of 55.36 in Eugene last weekend – also a World Championship A standard.
World Junior bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale (Julien Raffalli-Ebezant) takes the women’s pole vault berth following her outdoor lifetime best 4.50m in Ostrava last week, alongside reigning World Junior Champion Sophie Hitchon (Derek Evely) who will compete in the hammer having set a new senior UK record at Bedford last month. There is also a GB&NI team debut for Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) in the long jump and Greg Beard (Mark Chapman) in the men’s shot.
Aviva GB & NI team captain Dai Greene said:
“I was surprised to be asked but I’m really proud take on the role of team captain in Stockholm. It’ll be great to lead by example by hopefully scoring maximum points in the first event.
“Five years ago when I went to the European Championships in Gothenburg I never thought I would be a team captain just a few years later, it’s a real honour, especially when there are world champions in the team and other senior figures who could take the role.”
UKA Head coach Charles Van Commenee said: “I am pleased to be able to name a strong team with a number of athletes having posted promising early season performances so far.
“The Aviva GB&NI team is looking forward to competing against nations such as Russia, France and Germany and vying for the top positions in Stockholm.”
AVIVA GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND TEAM
Dwain Chambers (self-coached) - Belgrave
Danny Talbot (Dan Cossins) – Birchfield
Michael Rimmer (Norman Poole) - Liverpool Pembrooke and Sefton
Andy Baddeley (Andrew Hobdell) - Harrow
Chris Thompson (John Nuttall/Mark Rowland) – Aldershot Farnham & District
Andy Turner (Lloyd Cowan) – Sale
Dai Greene (Malcolm Arnold) - Swansea
Luke Gunn (Bud Baldaro) - Derby
Harry Aikines Aryeetey (Michael Khmel) Sutton
Leon Baptiste (Michael Khmel) – Enfield & Haringey
Marlon Devonish (Tony Lester) – Coventry Godiva
James Ellington (John Powell) – Belgrave
Christian Malcolm (Dan Pfaff) – Cardiff
Craig Pickering (Michael Khmel) - Marshall Milton Keynes
Michael Bingham (Tony Lester / Ken Harnden) - unattached
Luke Lennon Ford (Linford Christie) - Birchfield
Martyn Rooney (Nick Dakin) -Croydon
Robert Tobin (Dan Pfaff) – Basingstoke & Mid Hants
Conrad Williams (Linford Christie) – Kent AC
Tom Parsons (Fuzz Ahmed) - Birchfield
Steve Lewis (Dan Pfaff) – Newham & Essex
Greg Rutherford (Dan Pfaff) – Marshall Milton Keynes
Phillips Idowu (Aston Moore) - Belgrave
Greg Beard (Mark Chapman) - Belgrave
Brett Morse (Nigel Bevan) - Birchfield
James Campbell (Mick Hill) - Cheltenham
Andy Frost (Alan Bertram) – Woodford Green & Essex Ladies
Anyika Onuora (Lloyd Cowan) - Liverpool Harriers
Abi Oyepitan (Tony Lester) – Shaftesbury Barnet
Shana Cox (Chris Johnson) - unattached
Jenny Meadows (Trevor Painter) - Wigan
Charlene Thomas (Aaron Thomas) - Wakefield
Stevie Stockton (George Gandy) - Vale Royal
Helen Clitheroe (John Nuttall) - Preston
Tiffany Ofili-Porter (James Henry) - unattached
Perri Shakes Drayton (Chris Zah) - Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
Hatti Dean (Bud Baldaro) Hallamshire
Jeanette Kwakye (Michael Afilaka) Woodford Green & Essex Ladies
Ashleigh Nelson (Michael Afilaka) City of Stoke
Laura Turner (Linford Christie) - Harrow
Asha Philip (Mike McFarlane) – Newham & Essex
Kelly Massey (Stephen Ball) - Sale
Lee McConnell (Rodger Harkins) Shaftesbury Barnet
Nicola Sanders (Tony Lester) Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow
Perri Shakes Drayton
Kelly Sotherton (Aston Moore) Birchfield
Emma Perkins (Fuzz Ahmed) - Worthing
Holly Bleasdale (Julien Raffalli- Ebezant) - Blackburn
Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) - unattached
Yasmine Regis (Peter Stanley) – Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow
Rebecca Peake (Gert Damkat) - Sale
Jade Nicholls (Andrew Neal) – Shaftesbury Barnet
Goldie Sayers (Dan Pfaff) - Belgrave
Sophie Hitchon (Derek Evely) - Blackburn