4th August 2023
UKA HELPS SET UP SPECIAL PIN PRESENTATION FOR GB OLYMPIANS IN LONDON
UK Athletics partnered with the GB Olympians Association and the World Olympians Association at the London Athletics Meet as the nation’s best athletes and their families were treated to a special occasion and presentation in the capital.
With the backdrop of a sold-out London Stadium courtesy of the biggest one-day athletics event of the year, UKA provided the perfect space for British Summer and Winter Olympians, accompanied by their families, to receive their Olympic memento pins.
Issued by the GB Olympians Association and the World Olympians Association, the presentation of the prestigious pins was part of the former’s Annual General Meeting as they aim to inspire and support the promotion of a more active, successful and fulfilled society.
A star-studded cast was in attendance across all Summer and Winter Olympic sports including double gold medallist from skeleton Lizzy Yarnold and Ian Barker, who won silver in the 49er class at the Sydney 2000 Games.
Jeanette Kwayke, the highest British finisher in an Olympic 100m final in almost 50 years with sixth at Beijing 2008, fellow sprinter Elliot Bunney, who won 4x100m silver at Seoul 1988, and two-time Olympian Jo Jennings-Summers were among those to represent track and field.
It wasn’t just past British Olympians in attendance at a sold-out London Athletics Meet that saw national and continental records fall however, as 20-year-old diver Eden Cheng, who finished seventh in the 10m synchro event at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and won gold at the European Games earlier this summer, was also in attendance as part of a memorable day.
The GB Olympians’ Association is an organisation made up of every athlete who has ever competed for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at either a summer or winter Olympic Games and Chair Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, who won Olympic bronze in the women’s 4x400m at Moscow 1980, said “We’re grateful to UKA for helping us attend the London Athletics Meet following our AGM, enabling some recent Team GB heroes to support some future British and worldwide Olympians. It was an exciting day for our members and their families.”