News from the British Olympic Association

31 May 2021

Find here the latest news from the National Olympic Committee: events, courses, general assemblies and elections, trophies and much more.

31 may 2021


Gill Whitehead (see photo) has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the British Olympic Association (BOA), starting in September. As an RFU-qualified rugby coach and former England Students rugby league player, she brings a lifelong passion for sport along with a wealth of senior executive and leadership experience in the broadcast and digital media sector. She has previously worked for Google, Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide. More info here.

8 march 2021


The British Olympic Association (BOA) has appointed Dr Niall Elliott (see photo) as its Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Elliott will work with the BOA on a year-round basis, in addition to Games-time periods, and will fulfil this part-time role alongside his current position as the Head of Sports Medicine at the SportScotland Institute of Sport and as Team GB’s CMO for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Tokyo will be Elliott’s eighth major Games across both winter and summer editions and Commonwealth Games. More details here.

30 october 2020


On 16 October, the British Olympic Association confirmed Hugh Robertson (see photo) as Chair for a second term, which will take him up to and including the Olympic Games Paris 2024. First appointed in November 2016, replacing Sebastian Coe, Robertson acted as Vice-Chair from 2015. This will be Robertson’s final term – one which has seen Team GB continue to cement its place within the global Olympic landscape. More info here.

12 june 2020


Olympic medallist Georgie Harland (photo) has been appointed as Team GB's Chef de Mission for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, thus becoming the first-ever female Chef de Mission for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympic Games. A former modern pentathlete, Harland, 42, won bronze at the Olympic Games Athens 2004 in the women’s individual event. Sport Engagement Manager at the British Olympic Association (BOA) for nearly 10 years, she was Chef de Mission at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 and Deputy Chef de Mission at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, a role which she will replicate for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year. Full details here.

22 may 2020

The British Olympic Association announced on 19 May that Team GB has joined up with its official charity partner, the British Red Cross, to celebrate kindness during Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 18 to 24 May. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the official theme for this year’s Week is “kindness”. “Kindness is What Makes Us” features a host of Team GB athletes from nine summer and winter sports reciting an emotive poem, highlighting the importance of kindness to ourselves and others to support our mental health, especially within the current climate. Presented alongside the Olympians is a series of images that illustrate people within their communities supporting the British Red Cross during the coronavirus outbreak through simple acts of kindness. More info here.

16 march 2020

On the anniversary of the 2011 Japan earthquake, on 11 March, the British Olympic Association announced a partnership with the British Red Cross, with the latter becoming Team GB’s official charity partner for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The partnership is aimed at inspiring the British public to come together and make a positive difference this Olympic year, supporting people in crisis in the UK and overseas. Full details here.

05 august 2019

British Olympic Association
With one year to go until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, British athletes gathered to launch a new campaign to inspire the nation to get behind Team GB and showcase the best of British sport around the world. The “Sport is GREAT” campaign will demonstrate the UK’s capacity to inspire millions of people around the globe through sport. New posters and promotional materials featuring the Team GB athletes will be widely displayed and distributed. More info here on the British Olympic Association’s website.

10 december 2018 

The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced the six Olympians elected by their fellow athletes to serve on the 13-strong BOA Athletes’ Commission. Just shy of 800 votes were cast, with over a third of eligible Olympians and potential Olympians voting in the election, and 21 athletes standing for the six positions.More info here.

30 october 2018

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced that three-time Olympian and former Team GB hockey captain Ben Hawes has been re-elected as the Chair of its Athletes’ Commission. He will serve a further two years. The Commission has 12 members in total, made up of a mixture of past and present athletes from team, individual, summer and winter sports. Full details here.

1st october 2018

The British Olympic Association announced the launch of a new Get Set+ programme called Think Real, the primary purpose of which will be to inspire young people aged 11-16 to make healthy, informed decisions. The programme was developed by Sport England, UK Anti-Doping, the British Olympic Foundation and the British Paralympic Association, in association with the English Institute of Sport and the National Governing Bodies, to help consider the challenges faced by young people at all levels of sporting involvement.  Think Real addresses the links between various health challenges and approaches healthy habits as a whole – helping young people make the links between their nutrition, recovery and physical activity, to consider their all-round health. More details at

23 July 2018


The British Olympic Association (BOA) informs us that 2008 women’s 4x400m relay team received their bronze medal from the Olympic Games Bejing 2008 during a ceremony held at the Müller Anniversary Games on 21 July in the London Stadium. Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro and Nicola Sanders were awarded their Olympic bronze medal following the disqualification of Russia’s Tatiana Firova in August 2016 and the disqualification of Belarusian athlete Sviatlana Usovich in November 2016 after a positive doping control. More details here.

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