Teesside Tornado picked to captain Team GB
Tees Active Sports Academy member Richard Kilty ‘the Teesside Tornado’ has been chosen to captain Team GB at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha!
‘It makes it extra special that my fellow athletes have selected me as their captain,’ said Kilty
The Middlesbrough-born, Stockton-raised sprinter was voted team skipper by his fellow athletes for the global event, which runs from September 27-October 6.
Kilty, the 2014 World Indoor 60m champion and European indoor champion in 2015 and 2017, received the most votes after every member of the 73-strong British team was given the chance to nominate their choice of captain.
A delighted Kilty, who runs for Mandale and is coached by Benke Blomkvist, said: “It feels incredible. It’s always a huge honour to represent the British team but to be selected as captain feels amazing.
“It will definitely go down as a special moment in my athletics career. The squad is so talented with many star athletes. A lot of the athletes in the squad have leadership skills and would do an amazing job at being captain so to think that they have voted me in is a huge honour and I’m over the moon with being captain.
“It makes it extra special that my fellow athletes have selected me as their captain. I have lots of experience and enthusiasm, which I be sharing with the squad. I will bring energy and confidence to everyone around me from the athletes to the team staff.
“I’ve got a great story to tell and I will try my best to inspire the team every moment from my team speech and on a daily basis over the course of the Championships.”
A European gold medallist in the men’s 4x100m relay from 2014 and reigning Commonwealth champion in the event, Kilty has been in fine form again this summer, winning the 200m at the European Team Championships last month and coming within 0.05 of his personal best of 20.34, which he set six years ago.
Selected for his fourth successive World Championships as part of the men’s 4x100m relay squad, Kilty is the sixth British athlete to have been voted as captain by his fellow athletes and, as part of his role, will deliver the pre-Championships captain’s speech at the British team meeting.
Team Leader Neil Black said: “I am extremely happy for Richard that he has been voted as captain of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the IAAF World Championships.
“Richard is having a brilliant season, running as fast as he ever has, battling to victory at the European Team Championships and, as always, forming an integral part of the men’s 4x100m relay team, which was typified by his performance at the Muller Anniversary Games in July.
“Richard is an inspiration to his teammates on the track and to so many off it as well, in particular through his work with young people, especially at his home in Teesside.
“It is no surprise that his peers have voted him as captain of the British team for Doha and I’m looking forward to seeing Richard embrace the roles and responsibilities of being captain from now right through to the end of the Championships.”
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