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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

30 July 2008

Graduate Woodward gains Games experience

Loughborough graduate and Team GB Deputy Chef de Mission (Sport) Sir Clive Woodward says he feels ‘lucky and privileged’ to be attending his first Olympic Games.

Sir Clive has been based in the Games Village in Beijing but was speaking during a visit to the Team GB Preparation Camp in Macau this week (Wednesday 30 July).

During the visit he toured some of the training facilities being used by British athletes in their final build-up to Beijing, meeting athletes and coaches. He has also been to Hong Kong to meet athletes preparing for the equestrian competitions at the Beijing 2008 Games.

“This is my first Olympic Games and I’ve been blown away by the experience so far,” he said.

“It’s the world’s biggest event. It’s going to be a spectacular Games and I feel hugely lucky and privileged to be involved.

“It’s a wonderful experience and I’m just looking forward to the competition starting,” he added. “You can see the excitement in the athletes and coaches who are just days away from getting stuck into it.”

Sir Clive was speaking after watching Team GB gymnasts training at the Macau East Asian Games Dome, one of the state-of-the-art facilities being used in Macau by British athletes to fine-tune their preparations for Beijing.

He said Macau has proved the right choice to host the Team GB Preparation Camp for the crucially important last few days before athletes head for the Games.

“We have got to get this bit right for that last short window before the Games. The last preparation time is hugely critical to delivering on the day.

“I’ve spoken to a some of the coaches and teams and everyone seems happy with the facilities that the BOA has provided.

“The Macau authorities have gone out of their way to allow us to prepare properly for the Games.

“We’re here to deliver and make sure we back up the athletes and coaches. We need to help every sport, every athlete and every coach to arrive at their event in fine fettle.

“All we can look for is for athletes and coaches to do their best.”

Woodward will be joined in Beijing by 55 Loughborough athletes, the university’s largest ever contingent at an Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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