World-leading long jumper Lorraine Ugen has been announced as the British team captain for the Athletics World Cup and is looking forward to experiencing the team spirit at the event in London, which takes place this weekend (July 14-15).

Ugen, who secured her place at the World Cup with an impressive victory at the Müller British Athletics Championships earlier this month, was chosen to captain the GB team by performance director Neil Black.

The 26-year-old is currently enjoying a fine summer having retained her British long jump title with a world lead, championship record and personal best leap of 7.05m in Birmingham and won the Stockholm leg of the IAAF Diamond League in June.

“It feels great to be named team captain,” said Ugen. “We have a great set of athletes coming out for the first World Cup and I am looking forward to being the captain for these athletes and hope that we can put on a show for the home crowd.

Lorraine Ugen
Lorraine Ugen
“I am most looking forward to the team spirit that comes with competing in a team event rather than just focusing on individual events only. We will all be cheering each other so we can fight to score the most points.”

In partnership with the Mayor of London’s ‘Behind Every Great City’ campaign, which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote for the very first time, the Athletics World Cup will see all eight competing nations led by female captains.

“It’s nice to see female leads on all teams,” added Ugen. “It will be an inspiration to young girls and athletes out there that they can be leaders in sport and hopefully inspire them to want to do the same.

“I have been training well so I hope to go out there and score well for my team.”

Black said: “It is a pleasure to announce Lorraine as captain of the British team for the Athletics World Cup in her home town of London.

“Lorraine is not just a world-class long jumper but a pleasure to have on any team and a fantastic role model within the sport, which is a vital characteristic of any captain. I’ve no doubt Lorraine will lead by example with her performance on the track and also with her enthusiasm and love of the sport off the track as well.”

Source: AW