1st March 2023
JAZMIN SAWYERS WILL CAPTAIN THE GB & NI TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jazmin Sawyers (coach: Aston Moore, club: City of Stoke) has been named as the team captain for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2023 European Indoor Championships.
Sawyers, the two-time Olympic long jump finalist, and European bronze medallist in 2022, will lead the team in Istanbul, Turkey and the competition gets underway tomorrow (Thursday 2 March).
The City of Stoke athlete has already jumped an indoor personal best of 6.75m this season, and she sits fourth in the European standings so far in 2023.
Sawyers is a Championship performer, bringing her best in major finals, winning Commonwealth Games and European silver in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The women’s long jump gets underway with the qualifying pools at 8:10am (GMT) on Saturday 4 March, but before that, she will give a captain’s speech to the GB & NI team on Wednesday.
On receiving the captaincy, Sawyers said, “I am so proud to be named captain, it’s always an honour to pull on the Great Britain and Northern Ireland vest, so to go a step further and captain this team means a lot to me.
“One of my favourite parts of a Championships is in the team meeting when you hear from the captain and the team leader, and you leave the room ready to go and compete. So, there is quite a lot of pressure on me now I am in that position, but what an honour to be asked.
“I’ve been on teams for seven years now and I have never quite felt like the captain type, so I hope I can do the role justice. I’m confident this team will get the year off to a great start.”
Technical Director, Stephen Maguire, added, “Jazmin is a consistent and high-performing athlete at the major championships, and she is great example for the rest of the team competing here in Istanbul.
“She is a medallist at major championships and a finalist at two Olympic Games, so she brings a wealth experience to the role. She has been involved in senior GB & NI squads for nearly a decade, and competed in junior Championships before then, so she can share her experiences which will be beneficial to the whole team.”
Coverage of the European Indoor Championships begins at 15:30 on BBC Two on Thursday 2 March and runs until Sunday 5 March. Full details can be found here.
A timetable, start lists and results can be found on the European Athletics website here.
The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Indoor Championships, Istanbul, Turkey (2-5 March):
Daryll Neita (Marco Airale, Cambridge Harriers)
Asha Philip (Amy Deem, Newham and Essex Beagles)
Isabelle Boffey (Luke Gunn, Enfield & Haringey)
Keely Hodgkinson (Trevor Painter, Leigh)
Ellie Baker (Jon Bigg, Shaftesbury Barnet)
Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill)
Katie Snowden (Stephen Haas, Herne Hill)
Melissa Courtney-Bryant (Rob Denmark, Poole)
Hannah Nuttall (Helen Clitheroe, Charnwood)
Jazmin Sawyers (Aston Moore, City of Stoke)
Morgan Lake (Robbie Grabarz, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow)
Holly Mills (Laura Turner-Alleyne, Andover)
Mary Abichi (Lorna Boothe, Enfield & Haringey)
Hannah Kelly (Les Hall, Bolton)
Nicole Kendall (Richard Holt, Thames Valley)
Carys McAulay (Nick Dakin, Trafford)
Hayley McLean (Chris Zah, Shaftesbury Barnet)
Eugene Amo-Dadzie (Steve Fudge, Woodford Green Essex Ladies)
Jeremiah Azu (Marco Airale, Cardiff)
Reece Prescod (Marco Airale, Enfield & Haringey)
Guy Learmonth (Justin Rinaldi, Lasswade)
Neil Gourley (Stephen Haas, Giffnock North)
George Mills (Thomas Dreißigacker, Brighton Phoenix)
Jack Rowe (Tim Eglen, Aldershot Farnham and District)
James West (Helen Clitheroe, Tonbridge)
David King (Tim O’Neil, City of Plymouth)
Joe Brier (Matt Elias, Swansea)
Lewis Davey (Trevor Painter, Newham and Essex Beagles)
Ben Higgins (Stewart Marshall, Sheffield & Dearne)
Samuel Reardon (Nigel Stickings, Blackheath & Bromley)
Lee Thompson (John Henson, Sheffield & Dearne)
Team Leader: Stephen Maguire
Team Coaches: Jon Bigg, Darren Campbell, Nick Dakin, Robbie Grabarz, Aston Moore and Steve Vernon
Medical Team: James Brown (Doctor), James Hedger (Therapist), Milly Pamment (Biomechanist), George Polglass (Therapist) and Laura Street (Therapist).
Team Management: Lorna Dwyer and Ethan Walker