We have today launched a new campaign – ‘Journey to 2022’ – marking 250 days to go until next year’s home Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
‘Journey to 2022’ will celebrate our sport as the country prepares to host a huge summer of athletics as well as shine a spotlight on the people, clubs and communities who help keep it alive.
The campaign will also champion athletes and runners around whom our long-term strategy for the sport is centred.
To support the launch of ‘Journey to 2022’, a video has been released featuring Commonwealth Games gold medallists Christine Ohuruogu MBE, David Weir CBE, Greg Rutherford MBE, Jason Gardener MBE, and Tony Jarrett – along with #EAJourneyTo22 as the hashtag.
Next year, 72 Commonwealth nations and territories across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas, will be competing in Birmingham.
‘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.
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.
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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.”