Team GB Press Release - Krakow 2023 Team Announcement
Team GB have selected a squad of 178 athletes to compete in the Kraków-Ma?opolska 2023 European Games, which are set to take place in and around the Polish city between 21 June to 2 July 2023.
Team GB will compete across 18 Olympic disciplines, with Krakow serving as the 2023 European Championships for eight of these.
Qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be on the line for most of the disciplines with direct quota spots available in archery, artistic swimming, boxing, breaking, canoe slalom, diving, modern pentathlon, rugby sevens, shooting and table tennis.
Meanwhile, athletes across badminton, BMX freestyle, fencing, mountain bike, taekwondo and triathlon will be competing for all-important ranking points for Paris 2024 qualification.
The event will mark the first time in history that Team GB have competed in breaking at a senior Games, with B-Boy Karam and B-Boy Sunni both set to take to the floor.
Meanwhile, Ranujo Tomblin will become the first male athlete to represent Team GB in artistic swimming.
In total, the third edition of the European Games will see around 7,000 athletes from 48 European nations compete across a 12-day sporting programme. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 21 June at the Henryk Reyman Municipal Stadium, with the Closing Ceremony to return at the same venue on Sunday 2 July.
Nicola Adams, Duncan Scott and Jade Jones were among Team GB’s medallists at the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015, while Sir Jason Kenny, Chelsie Giles and Lauren Price were successful at Minsk 2019.
Nineteen athletes return for their second European Games with Team GB this year, while shooters Amber Rutter (nee Hill) and Seonaid McIntosh, alongside table tennis players Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall, will each be competing at their third.
The 178-strong squad for Krakow 2023 features several Olympic gold medallists, including Charlotte Worthington, Joe Choong, Jade Jones and Joe Clarke, with a total of 32 Tokyo 2020 Olympians among those named.
The delegation will be led by Dr Paul Ford, who reprises his role as Chef de Mission after previously leading the charge at Minsk 2019.
Ford said: “It’s a huge privilege once again to take such a talented group of athletes to compete against Europe’s finest at these Games. Crucially, the 2023 European Games offers several qualification opportunities for Paris, providing a great benchmarking exercise looking ahead to next year. We will focus our support on creating the best performance environment for our athletes as well as fine-tuning our preparations for 2024.”
Pentathlete Joe Choong said: "I'm really excited to be competing at my first ever European Games. It will be really exciting to get into a multi-sport environment and see athletes from other sports. It’s going to be similar to an Olympic experience which has brought me some of my best memories - so I’m really looking forward to it. Becoming Olympic Champion in Tokyo was a dream come true and then last year I got the World Championship title, so the European title would be the icing on the cake!”
Boxer Charley Davison, who will be looking to secure qualification for her second Olympic Games while in Krakow, said: “This will be my first European Games, so I want to enjoy every moment and make sure I box to the best of my ability and make sure all the hard work in training pays off. Having been to an Olympics, I have had a taste of what it is like. This makes me strive to get that chance again and this time go one step further and get a medal. I believe I am more than capable of getting myself on that Paris podium, now I have that experience from Tokyo and other international tournaments I’ve been to in the last few years. The European Games is the first step towards Paris so it will be about getting in the ring, being myself and boxing naturally and then hopefully the qualification will come."
Ella Gibson, Penny Healey, Monty Orton, Bryony Pitman, Jaspreet Sagoo, Alex Wise, James Woodgate
Eleanor Blinkhorn, Isobel Blinkhorn, Millie Costello, Beatrice Crass, Isobel Davies, Cerys Hughes, Aimee Lawrence, Daniella Lloyd, Kate Shortman, Robyn Swatman, Isabelle Thorpe, Ranjuo Tomblin
Alexander Dunn, Marcus Ellis, Kirsty Gilmour, Adam Hall, Ben Lane, Julie MacPherson, Lauren Smith, Johnnie Torjussen, Ciara Torrance, Sean Vendy
Declan Brooks, Sasha Pardoe, Holly Pipe, Kieran Reilly, Charlotte Worthington
Harris Akbar, Taylor Bevan, Kerry Davis, Charley Davison, Jack Dryden, Rosie Eccles, Elise Glynn, Reese Lynch, Kiaran MacDonald, Delicious Orie, Demie-Jade Resztan, Shona Whitwell, Lewis Williams
B-Boy Kid Karam (Karam Singh), B-Boy Sunni (Sunni Brummitt)
Chris Bowers, Adam Burgess, Joe Clarke, Jonny Dickson, Mallory Franklin, James Kettle, Sophie Ogilvie, Phoebe Spicer, Ryan Westley, Kimberley Woods
Isabel Evans, Bethany Gill, Jonathan Jones, Deborah Kerr, Emily Lewis, Ben Phillips, Katie Reid, Emma Russell, Rebeka Simon
Desharne Bent-Ashmeil, Robyn Birch, Maisie Bond, Eden Cheng, Ben Cutmore, Matthew Dixon, Ross Haslam, James Heatly, Juliette John, Robbie Lee, Noah Penman, Holly-May Prasanto, Grace Reid, Amy Rollinson
Ben Andrews, Kristjan Archer, Kate Beardmore, Yasmin Campbell, Jaimie Cook, James-Andrew Davis, Will Deary, Caitlin Maxwell, Marcus Mepstead, Susan Sica, Carolina Stutchbury, Amelie Tsang, JJ Webb
Charlie Brown, Kerenza Bryson, Joe Choong, Sam Curry, Charlie Follett, Olivia Green, Myles Pillage, Jess Varley
Annie Last, Cameron Mason, Cameron Orr
Women: Ellie Boatman, Abbie Brown, Shona Campbell, Heather Cowell, Megan Jones, Jasmin Joyce, Rhona Lloyd, Isla Norman-Bell, Jade Shekells, Lisa Thompson, Lauren Torley, Emma Uren, Amy Wilson-Hardy
Men: James Barden, Kaleem Barreto, Api Bavadra, Alex Davis, Jordan Edmunds, Tom Emery, Robbie Fergusson, Will Homer, Ross McCann, Max McFarland, Freddie Roddick, Morgan Williams, Tom Williams
Michael Bargeron, Kristian Callaghan, Matt Coward-Holley, Katie Gleeson, Sam Gowin, Lucy Hall, Aaron Heading, Emily Hibbs, Freddie Killander, Jess Liddon, Ben Llewellin, Seonaid McIntosh, James Miller, Georgina Roberts, Amber Rutter (nee Hill)
Names of six sport climbing athletes TBC in due course
Charlotte Carey, Paul Drinkhall, Tin-Tin Ho, Thomas Jarvis, Liam Pitchford, Samuel Walker
Bianca Cook (nee Walkden), Caden Cunningham, Phoenix Goodman, Jade Jones, Rebecca McGowan, Jodie McKew, Maddison Moore, Mohammed Nour, Aaliyah Powell, Zack Sarsoza, Bradly Sinden, Lauren Williams
Sophie Alden, Connor Bentley, Barclay Izzard, Olivia Matthias, Sian Rainsley, Hamish Reilly
*cover photo by Little Shao