Posted: 28 Feb 2011 | Channels: Sport

GB’s Top Athletes in Pursuit of Gold at European Championships

The Aviva GB & NI team departed for Paris ahead of the European Indoor Championships, which gets under way on Friday.

The 32-strong team includes newly crowned 5000m British record holder Mo Farah, who will defend his 3000m title won in Turin in 2009; sprinter Harry Aikines-Areetey who overcame injury to secure his place with a season’s best time in the 60m; and former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, in her new role as a 400m athlete.

10 out of the 32 athletes in the team will be also making their first international senior appearance, including schoolgirl Jodie Williams; the impressive 17 year old already has a double sprint World Youth and 100m World Junior title to her name, and took her first senior title at the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield earlier this month.

The 31st European Indoor Athletic Championships are held in Paris from Friday 3rd – Sunday 6th March 2011.

The full Aviva GB & NI Team for the European Indoor Championships 2011 is:

Harry Aikines Aryeetey, Sutton - 60m
Dwain Chambers, Belgrave Harriers - 60m
Joel Fearon, Birchfield Harriers - 60m
Richard Buck, City of York - 400m & 4x400m relay
Nigel Levine, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow - 400m & 4x400m relay
Richard Strachan, Trafford - 400m & 4x400m relay
Andrew Osagie, Harlow AC - 800m
Joe Thomas, Cardiff - 800m
Nick McCormick, Morpeth Harriers - 1500m
Colin McCourt - 1500m
Andy Baddeley, Harrow - 3000m
Mo Farah, Newham & Essex Beagles - 3000m
Lawrence Clarke, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow - 60m hurdles
Robbie Grabarz, Newham & Essex Beagles - High Jump
Tom Parsons, Birchfield Harriers - High Jump
4x400m relay: Nick Leavey, Woodford Green & Essex Ladies - 4x400m relay
Luke Lennon-Ford, Birchfield Harriers - 4x400m relay
Conrad Williams, Kent - 4x400m relay
Jodie Williams, Herts Phoenix - 60m
Bernice Wilson, Birchfield Harriers - 60m
Jenny Meadows, Wigan AC - 800m
Marilyn Okoro, Shaftesbury Barnet - 800m
Stacey Smith, Gateshead - 1500m
Hannah England, Oxford - 1500m
Helen Clitheroe, Preston Harriers - 3000m
Tiffany Ofili - 60m hurdles
Holly Bleasdale, Blackburn - Pole Vault
Kelly Massey - 4 x 400m relay:
Lee McConnell, Scotland / Shaftesbury Barnet - 4 x 400m relay
Kelly Sotherton, Birchfield Harriers - 4 x 400m relay:
Laura Wake, Herts Phoenix - 4 x 400m relay
Aviva are proud to have been supporting British athletics since 1999. In 2011, Aviva will help pave the way for British athletes by hosting six world class athletics events on home soil – the Aviva Series, and supporting the Aviva GB & NI junior, senior and Paralympics teams as they prepare for major events and championships. For further information visit