BPA host Team Leader recce in Sochi as countdown to Games continues
on 03-10-2013 11:00
With just over five months to go until the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games get underway, the British Paralympic Association (BPA) have led the winter sports Team Leaders and Head Coaches on a two day recce to Sochi.
The recce is another crucial step in fulfilling the BPA’s ambition to be best prepared to thrive in the environment at Games time.
Day one focussed on BPA staff meetings with representatives from functional areas of the Sochi Organising Committee.
Day two provided an opportunity for BPA staff and Team Leaders to tour the different competition venues and athlete villages in both the Coastal and Alpine areas.
"The opportunity to meet face to face to talk through our plans is invaluable."Penny Briscoe
Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: “We have maintained a really positive level of dialogue with the Sochi OCOG since the Chef de Mission seminar and they have been really responsive but the opportunity to meet face to face to talk through our plans is invaluable.
“It’s also been great to have the Team Leaders and Head Coaches with us for this recce to get their perspective on the venues for each sport and to help them understand how logistical arrangements will work for their athletes at Games time.
“The venues are spectacular, both villages look incredible and will provide the optimum environment for our athletes to perform."Penny Briscoe
“The venues are spectacular, both villages look incredible and will provide the optimum environment for our athletes to perform. This is shaping up to be a fantastic Paralympic Games, the trip has proved highly successful and I can’t wait to bring the team to Sochi.”
Tony Zummack, Head Coach for Wheelchair Curling, said: “We travelled to Sochi earlier this year for the 2013 Wheelchair Curling World Championships, when we had the opportunity to compete in the venue where our athletes are set to play next March. We’re just a few months out now, so it’s great to see how the Paralympic Village and other facilities that we will use at Games time have been developed.
"It has been fantastic to have the support of the BPA and the Sochi OCOG to ensure that we have the best plans in place.”Tony Zummack
He added: “These final few months of preparation are absolutely vital and it has been fantastic to have the support of the BPA and the Sochi OCOG to ensure that we have the best plans in place.”
"We have all the motivation we need to be a part of such a fantastic Games."Red Geddes
Red Geddes, Team Leader for Sledge Hockey, said: "We still have a job to do to qualify but having seen the venue and village in Sochi we have all the motivation we need to be a part of such a fantastic Games."
"Standing on the finish line today was an incredibly motivating and exciting moment for us."Andrew Lockerbie
Andrew Lockerbie, Team Leader for Alpine Skiing, added: "Standing on the finish line today was an incredibly motivating and exciting moment for us. The venue and the village are both great and we are close to everything we will need. Following on from our victories at the test event, we are now looking forward to coming back in just a few months for what will undoubtedly be the culmination of many years of training, planning and preparation for our athletes."
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games commence on March 7, 2014.