We have launched a campaign – ‘Journey to 2022’ – to celebrate the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer.
Journey to 2022 – #EAJourneyTo22 – will champion athletics and running as the country prepares to host a huge summer of sport. It will also help shine a spotlight on the people, clubs and communities who keep athletics and running going all year round.
In addition, the campaign will champion athletes and runners around whom our long-term strategy for the sport is centred.
The Commonwealth Games this summer is sure to be an inspirational event with athletes from 72 Commonwealth nations and territories across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas, becoming sporting heroes for millions of young people.
As part of #EAJourneyTo22, we spoke with Olympic, Paralympic, and Commonwealth Games medallists Christine Ohuruogu MBE, David Weir CBE, Greg Rutherford MBE, Jason Gardener MBE, and Tony Jarrett, including who was their sporting hero?
Watch the video below to find out.
What is Journey to 2022?
‘Journey to 2022’ is anchored around the reality that it takes more than the endeavours of an individual athlete to be part of this global sporting movement. From their early years through to England selection, each athlete will have been supported along their journey by family, friends, teachers, coaches, officials, volunteers, and countless others within the sport. We will capture and share those stories through our channels in the lead up to Birmingham 2022 across the five key areas of: participation; clubs, leaders, and facilities; coaches and officials; competition; and talent.
Get in touch
And we want to hear from the athletics and running community on what the ‘Journey to 2022’ looks like for you, your club, community, someone you know or the sport of athletics in general.
Get in touch with us using the online form so we can gather a collective celebration of stories that evidence the power of sport against the backdrop of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
What our Commonwealth Games medallists said about #EAJourneyTo22
Christine Ohuruogu MBE, who won 400m Commonwealth Games gold in 2006 [Melbourne] and 4x400m relay bronze in 2014 (Glasgow), said:
“A home Games lifts morale so, so much and it’s something that we really do need. It will also give the athletes a real target and a real motivation to want to compete in a home ground to create these memories that last forever.”
David Weir CBE, who won 1500m T54 Commonwealth Games gold in 2014 (Glasgow), said:
“It was a proud moment for me to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games for my country. I’d won medals for Great Britain but never achieved a Commonwealth Games medal for England. That was truly an outstanding medal for me to win and hopefully I can win one next year.”
Jason Gardener MBE, who twice won Commonwealth Games gold in the 4x100m relay in 1998 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2002 (Manchester), said:
“I know [Birmingham 2022] will raise the inspiration and aspiration of many young people to get involved in sport and in particular athletics. It’s going to provide great opportunities for our volunteers, officials and coaches and give a really good feel factor as we look to progress our sport in years to come.”
Greg Rutherford MBE, who won silver in the long jump at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 (Delhi) followed by gold in the same event in 2014 (Glasgow), said:
“I am incredibly excited about the Commonwealth Games coming back to England. Not only coming back to England, coming back to what is an incredible city for athletics – Birmingham. It’s going to be very, very special. What a city and what a Commonwealth Games we are expecting.”
Tony Jarrett, who in 1990 (Auckland) won Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay gold and 110m hurdles silver, followed by 110m hurdles silver in 1994 (Victoria), and gold in the 110m hurdles in 1998 (Kuala Lumpur), said:
“The journey to 2022 is for the next generation of superstars. This is going to be awesome. The young generation are going to see great athletes coming out there, especially on home turf.”