First five Olympic juniors announced

World junior champion cyclist Lucy Garner heads up the first five athletes chosen to participate in Team GB’s Olympic Ambition Programme during London 2012 this summer.

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The 17-year-old joins boxers Qais Ashfaq and Chantelle Cameron, diver Daniel Goodfellow and cross-country skier Calum Irvine as the first of approximately 185 athletes and coaches to be announced.

Garner, who won the junior road race at last year’s World Championships, and the rest will get a unique opportunity to experience this summer’s Olympics first-hand with the programme.

The Olympic Ambition Programme focuses on athletes and coaches with the potential to compete at the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games.

As part of the programme athletes and coaches will visit Team GB’s Preparation Camp at Loughborough University, participating in the kitting out process and preparation environment.

They will also travel to London to visit the Olympic Village, watch two sessions at the Olympics and experience the atmosphere at Team GB House in Westfield Stratford City.

The BOA first delivered the Olympic Ambition Programme at Beijing 2008 with among those involved modern pentathlete Mhairi Spence, who won the women’s world title this year.

She will compete in London as will world mixed doubles badminton silver medallists Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, who were also part of the Olympic Ambition Programme in Beijing.

The programme will be directed by former rower Sarah Winckless, who won Olympic bronze in the women’s double sculls in 2004, and she can’t wait to see it flourish.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be heading up this programme. To be able to contribute to these athletes development at this point in their career is a real privilege,” she said.

“To be able to work with both summer and winter sports for the first time will bring real diversity to the programme and I know these athletes and coaches will benefit from experiencing the Olympic environment, learning from our Olympic Ambassadors and sharing their experiences.”

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