“Atos Origin Supports UK’s Sporting Hopes for 2012 Olympic Games”

London, 14 October 2005

Atos Origin, the worldwide IT partner for the Olympic Games and leading IT services company, has committed to providing long term financial support to young sporting talent in the UK, in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The company‘s Champions and Challengers' Bursary Scheme will begin in 2005 and run for the seven years up to the 2012 Olympic Games.  Working with the British Olympic Association (BOA), Atos Origin has selected seven ‘Olympic Champions', who, in turn, have each appointed a young Challenger, who they feel are particularly deserving of backing in their sport, to participate in the scheme:



Olympic Champion



Linford Christie:
Silver (1988),
Gold (1992)
Harry Aikines Aryeetey (16)
Gold at 2005 World Youth Championships


Jason Queally:
Gold and Silver (2000)
Andy Tennant (18)
2005 World Junior Individual Pursuit Champion
Modern Pentathlon Georgina Harland:
Bronze (2004)
Nick Woodbridge (19)
2004 World Youth Champion
Paralympic Athletics Danny Crates:
Gold (2004),
Bronze (2000)
Samuel Scott (14)
Gold at IWAS World Championships
(Discus and Javelin)
Sailing Shirley Robertson:
Gold (2000)
Gold (2004)
Charlotte Dobson (19)
2004 European Youth Championship
Skiing Konrad Bartelski:
12th (1980)
Jan-Michael Kochalski (19)
2004 Super G FIS Ranking - 448
Swimming Steve Parry:
Bronze (2004)
Francesca Halsall (15)
Gold at 2005 European Junior Championships


The Challenger will receive bursary each year for the next seven years.  The funds will be made available upon request by the athletes for specific activity such as coaching, equipment, medical services or to attend training and preparation at one of the BOA's dedicated training centres.

“The British Olympic Association is delighted to be working alongside Atos Origin, one of its committed sponsors, on this initiative to support talented youth athletes who are the future of Team GB,” said Simon Clegg, chief executive of the British Olympic Association.


“The Champions and Challengers Scheme is a way for Atos Origin, its partners and customers to support the sporting talent of the future, and help Team GB build on its success at the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games,” said Xavier Flinois, the member of the Atos Origin management board responsible for the UK, the Americas Asia Pacific and the Olympic Games programme. “It is an honour to work with customers, partners and Olympians to help the next generation of sporting talent.”


Olympic Team


The bursary scheme forms one strand of Atos Origin UK's Community Relations programme. Other aspects of the programme include volunteering, payroll giving, charitable donations, sponsorships and a programme of events to further our work as a responsible corporation.


About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors . Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.


For more information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com