June 13, 2008
THE SEARCH IS ON FOR ATHLETIC
GIRLS WHO HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN OLYMPIC GOLD
Are you a GIRL4GOLD? UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport
(EIS) are searching for highly competitive sportswomen with the
potential to become Olympic champions in cycling and other targeted
Olympic sports (bob skeleton, canoeing, modern pentathlon, rowing
and sailing) in time for London 2012. GIRLS4GOLD is the single most
extensive female sporting talent recruitment drive ever undertaken
in Great Britain.
If you are…
Female, aged between 17 and 25 years old
Competing in any sport at county/regional level
Fit, powerful and strong
Mentally tough and competitive
Up for a once in a lifetime opportunity to become part of Britain’s
...then we want to hear from you!
The ultimate aim of GIRLS4GOLD is to unearth exceptional female
talent capable of achieving medal success in London in 2012. There
are numerous British female World and Olympic medallists who have
specialised in a new Olympic sport at a relatively late age, going
on to achieve medal success in short timeframes. These include:
- Shelley Rudman: a former track hurdler, who won a silver medal
at the 2006 Winter Olympics in bob skeleton, less than four years
after trying the sport for the first time aged 21.
- Annie Vernon and Anna Bebington: medallists at the 2007 Rowing
World Championships, four years after being selected through a
talent identification scheme (ARA’s World Class Start Programme,
sponsored by Siemens) aged 20 and 19, respectively.
- Rebecca Romero: a former medal winning Olympic rower who transferred
to the sport of track cycling aged 26 and became World Champion
in 2008, less than three years after taking up the sport.
No prior experience in cycling or any of the other targeted sports
is required. We are looking for raw sporting talent with the capacity
to develop under the guidance of elite level coaches in world class
training and competition environments. The Phase 1 Talent Assessment
events will take place on:
Saturday 26th July 2008 – Bath
Saturday 23rd August 2008 – Loughborough
Saturday 30th August 2008 – Manchester
Following receipt of your athlete profile through the online sign
up system, those successful in advancing to phase 1 will be invited
to one of the above testing days based on proximity to the named
Visit the website for more information http://www.uksport.gov.uk/pages/girls4goldhome/
Applications for GIRLS4GOLD will close on June 30th 2008.