“Atos Origin continues to back aspiring, young British athletes”

London, 2 August, 2007

Through its ‘Olympic Champions and Challengers Bursary' scheme

Atos Origin, the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games and international IT services company, has announced phase two in its programme of long-term financial support for UK sporting hopefuls in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing (2008), Vancouver (2010) and London (2012).

The ‘Olympic Champions and Challengers Bursary' scheme, developed with the support of the British Olympic Association (BOA), was started in 2005 to offer support to young athletes who are the rising stars in their field. The scheme, in which Atos Origin customers are welcome to get involved and many have chosen to do so, helps young athletes with practical initiatives such as buying kit (both clothing and equipment), paying training costs and funding competition expenses.

Twelve Team GB athletes have worked with Atos Origin as Champions for the scheme (including Colin Jackson this year), who, in turn, select a young ‘Challenger' who they feel is particularly deserving of backing in their sport, to participate in the scheme.

In addition to the scheme, Atos Origin has just started sponsoring Olympic silver medallist (Athens 2004) Leon Taylor, one of the world's top platform synchronised divers. He joins other Atos Origin backed athletes: Georgina Harland (modern pentathlete); Adam Pengilly (bob skeleton athlete); and Danny Crates (Paralympic 800m champion).

Taylor has also selected a challenger to join the Olympic Champions and Challengers Bursary scheme and benefit from Atos Origin's support: 16-year old Callum Johnstone, a student from Leeds and a platform diver silver medallist in the European junior championships in 2006.

Financial support for rising athletes is crucial to their potential success at future Olympic Games, says Leon Taylor. “It's really important that we support these young athletes. Their talent is what inspires their peers to follow their aspirations and dreams, and fight to be top of their game not just in sports, but in all other fields. Across society, we all benefit from supporting rising talent – it gives hope and ambition to the next generation.”

Keith Wilman, UK CEO Atos Origin, says: “We've always believed that investing in future generations has to be the single most important thing a business can do. We're investing in our own future by backing people with drive, talent and ambition. Success in any major sporting event, particularly the Olympics Games, leads to a sense of national achievement – the knock-on effect of which is felt across all areas of life, including business.”

“These young athletes are a key part of the future of Team GB,” says Simon Clegg, BOA Chief Executive. “The support they receive from partners, like Atos Origin, is crucial if they are to achieve their aspirations for future Olympic Games success.”

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

In the bob sleigh photo, the people from front to back are: Leon Taylor, Callum Johnstone, Justin Marks and Adam Pengilly   Adam Pengilly is training on the bob skeleton push track at the University of Bath   Callum Johnstone is trying out bob skeleton on the push track at the University of Bath

Phase two of Atos Origin-backed champions and challengers includes the following athletes:


Champion Challenger
Bob Skeleton Adam Pengilly
8th position Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games

Silver World University Winter Games – Igls, Austria, January 2005

Current holder of 5th position in World Cup rankings

 

Justin Marks ( 01.12.85)
Holds one of eight places on Performance Development Squad
Athletics Colin Jackson
Gold – European Championships – 2002 Munich 110m Hurdles

Gold- World Championships – 1999 Seville 110m Hurdles

Silver – Seoul Olympic Games 1988 110m Hurdles

Craig Pickering (1.10.86)
23rd June 2007 – won Men's 100m at the 2007 European Cup in Munich, with a personal best of 10.15 secs 

15 July 2007 - part of the winning 4x100m relay team at European U23 Athletics Championships in Finland. 

Silver, 60m, European Indoor Athletics Championships 2007

 

Badminton Nathan Robertson
Gold – World Championships 2006 Madrid Mixed Doubles

Silver – 2004 Athens Olympics – Mixed Doubles

Chris Adcock (27.4.89)
Ranked Junior No 1

National Champion in Singles, Doubles and Mixed (U13 and U15)

Danish Cup 2006 – Gold (doubles)

 

Rowing Tim Foster
Gold – Sydney 2000 – Coxless Fours

Bronze – Atlanta 1996 – Coxless Fours

Nathanial Reilly-O'Donnell (13.4.88)

2006 Gold Medallist, Junior World Championships, Munich
2007 Double medal winner at Australian Youth Olympic Festival

 

Diving

Leon Taylor

Athens Olympics 2004 – Silver medallist, 10m Synchronised

2005 World Championships –Bronze medallist, 10m Synchronised; 6th 10m individual

 2005 World Grand Prix US – Gold 10m individual

Callum Johnstone (12.10.90)
2007 British Champion Synchronised 10m Platform

2006 European Junior Championships – Silver medallist in 10m platform; bronze in 3m synchronised

2006 European Championships – 6th in 10m synchronised 

2006 Commonwealth Games – bronze in 10m synchronised

 

 

They join those athletes backed as part of phase one of the scheme:

 

Champion Challenger
Athletics Linford Christie
100m Silver (1988), 
100m Gold (1992)
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (29.8.88)
Gold at 2005 World Youth Championships 
2005 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year
2006 Junior World Champion, 100m

 

Cycling Jason Queally:
Gold, 1km time trail and Silver, Team Sprint, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games 
Andy Tennant (9.3.87)
2005 World Junior Individual Pursuit Champion 
2006 European U23 Team Pursuit Gold
2006 Team England Commonwealth Games
2006 Sydney World Cup – Bronze medal, Team Pursuit

 

Modern Pentathlon Georgina Harland:
Bronze Medal, Athens 2004 Olympic Games
Nick Woodbridge (1.7.86.)
2004 World Youth Champion 
2006 World Cup Series – Bronze medal, Mexico
2007 World Cup series – Bronze Medal, Poland

 

Paralympic Athletics Danny Crates:
Gold, 800m,, Athens 2004 
Bronze 400m, Sydney 2000
Samuel Scott (16)
Gold at IWAS World Championships (Discus and Javelin)

For seated shotputt he won gold and claimed a new British, European and World Record at the 2006 UK Schools Championships in Glasgow.

 

Sailing Shirley Robertson:
Gold, Sydney 2000 
Gold, Athens 2004
Charlotte Dobson (5.6.86)
10th, 2007 World Championships in Laser Radial (leading British competitor)

 

Skiing Konrad Bartelski:
12th, Downhill, 1908 Olympic Games, Lake Placid
Jan-Michael Kochalski (18.1.86)
2007 Belgian Open Championships, Gold, Super G

 

Swimming Steve Parry: 
Bronze, 200m Butterfly, Athens 2004
Francesca Halsall (12.4.90)
Gold Medals at 2006 European Junior Championships – 50m Free, 100m Free and 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
2006 European Championships – Gold, 4 x 100m Medley Relay
2006 Commonwealth Games – Silver, 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, Silver, 4 x 100m Medley Relay

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 EUR 5.4 billion and it employs 50,000 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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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Caroline Crouch
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com