University of Bath-based hurdler Dai Greene said it is an ‘incredible privilege’ to be asked to captain the GB athletics team at the London 2012 Olympics Games.
Greene is the reigning World, European and Commonwealth champion over 400m hurdles and is aiming to add the Olympic title to his collection.
UK Athletics announced today (Monday) that the 26-year-old will take on the captaincy duties of the 78-strong team. It is the second time he has captained a GB athletics team, having previously held the position for the European Team Championships in Sweden in 2011.
Greene, who is coached at the University of Bath by Malcolm Arnold – UK Athletics National Events Coach Hurdles, said: “It’s an incredible privilege to be asked to captain the British athletics team at any time, but to be given the honour at a home Olympic Games is just incredible.
“We have a great team spirit in the camp, which will make giving my speech much easier.
“I think our team is one of the strongest in history and I believe that we can go out and do Britain proud and I intend to lead by example.”
UK Athletics Head Coach Charles van Commenee added: “Dai was a stand out candidate for the London 2012 captaincy. He is a very professional athlete who is both liked and respected by the rest of the team.
“He knows what it takes to win at the highest level and that is a valuable experience to share with the team. I know we can also rely on Dai to inspire his teammates and I wouldn’t be surprised if he raised a few laughs during his speech along the way.”
Greene is one of six track and field athletes training at the University of Bath selected to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics. He is joined by fellow 400m hurdlers Jack Green and Eilidh Child, as well as 110m hurdlers Lawrence Clarke and Andrew Pozzi. Greene and Green have also been selected for the 4x400m relay squad and all five are coached by Malcolm Arnold.
Sports Performance student Danny Talbot completes the six-strong group based in Bath – he was named in the 4x100m relay squad and is coached by Dan Cossins.
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