Andy Hibbert to head up GB team for the World University Summer Games

Andy Hibbert, a teaching fellow in the University’s Department of Education, has been appointed as Chef de Mission for the Great Britain Team taking part in this year’s World University Summer Games (WUGS).

The 27th WUGS will take place in Kazan from 6-17 July  attracting 13,500 student athletes, coaches, officials and medical support staff from 172 countries across the globe.

The Games are the third largest multi-sport event behind both the Asian and Olympic Games with a budget set to exceed the London 2012 spend.

A digital image of the Rubin Stadium currently under construction. It will have capacity for 45,000 spectators and will be the third largest stadium in Russia

The WUGS are a well-trodden pathway to elite performance, including athletes from the University of Bath such as 2012 British Olympic silver medallists Michael Jamieson and Gemma Gibbons.

Selection for the British team continues until May and is likely to total around 250 athletes, Britain’s largest ever delegation.

Chef de Mission is a term used to refer to the Head of Delegation of a national team at major sporting events

Andy will be responsible for ensuring that the best performance environment is created for all members of the British team including athletes, officials and support staff  and will support them throughout the event to ensure that their experience is the best possible. 

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed Chef de Mission for the World University Games in Kazan.  Having been involved in elite student sport for over a decade, their importance cannot be underestimated in the performance pathway of our elite student athletes. 

“I am looking forward to working with a great team to ensure we provide a performance focused environment that enables all team members to achieve their personal best.”

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