Each member of Team GB, expected to be 550-strong, in London will be given two tickets for their first event of the Games to give to their loved ones while their Paralympic counterparts have been granted four.
The announcement comes as part of the combined BOA and BPA â€˜nearest and dearest’ programme, set up in partnership with P&G UK, which aims to support the family and friends of all of Great Britain’s athletes.
And Patricia Payne, mother of Olympic 10km open water silver medallist and current world champion Keri-Anne, has confirmed that the scheme could make all the difference come London 2012.
“Having Keri-Anne compete all around the world, it’s difficult to find the balance between wanting to chat all of the time and catch up with her and just leaving her to it,” she said.
“I’m sure other families will have experienced the same thing. The â€˜nearest & dearest’ programme will therefore give us all advice and help us support our athletes in the best possible way. The fantastic offer of tickets will also, I’m sure, be warmly received by all families.”
And Colin Jackson, who won 110m hurdles silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, also believes the â€˜nearest and dearest’ will play a huge role come next summer.
“I think this is a great idea and will really benefit the athletes. I know from my personal experiences at the Olympics, my family were asking how they could help and support me,” he added.
“I know it was always well intentioned, but because of my training, I couldn’t always give them enough time to explain or help. This will provide a real support for both the families and the athletes.”
Patricia Payne and Colin Jackson were speaking at the launch of the â€˜nearest & dearest’ programme in partnership with P&G – supporting family and friends of all TeamGB and ParalympicsGB athletes in the lead up to London 2012. Visit www.pgproudsponsorofmums.co.uk
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