“Olympic Hopefuls presented with new video cameras”

London, 3 April 2008

Initiative from Atos Origin and Panasonic - Worldwide Sponsors of the Olympic Games Atos Origin, the worldwide IT partner for the International Olympic Committee and Panasonic, the official worldwide Olympic partner in the Audio and Video Equipment category, have joined forces in an initiative to provide 16 British Olympic hopefuls with video cameras to support their training programmes.

The first group of cameras were presented to four aspiring athletes – Craig Pickering, Georgina Harland, Nick Woodbridge and Justin Marks at a recent event at the University of Bath. Improvements in specialist software and immediate playback clearly demonstrate how technology can help to achieve better results in elite sport. These four athletes will explain how they believe the use of video analysis will help boost their performance and chance of a wining a medal at their next Olympic Games.

“Video analytics is proven to make a real difference to an athlete's performance,” said Craig Pickering. “I am grateful to Atos Origin and Panasonic for the use of this camera and together with my coach, will use the video analysis to see how I can gain the extra hundredths of a second that can make the difference between winning and not winning a medal.”

The 16 chosen athletes are all members of the Olympic Champion and Challengers Bursary Scheme, which Atos Origin set up in 2005 to provide long-term financial and practical support for UK sporting hopefuls in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing (2008), Vancouver (2010) and London (2012).

This latest initiative builds on Panasonic's Technical Partnership with the cycling, sailing and rowing teams, whose performance coaches have already received similar cameras and are using them to provide instant feedback at training events and for further analysis back at base.

Panasonic camera receivers“We are delighted that, together with Panasonic, we are able to provide our 12 Challengers and our four sponsored athletes with the latest technology to support their training programme,” said Keith Wilman, CEO at Atos Origin. “We are committed to supporting young talent both within our own business and to these Olympic hopefuls. We wish them every success in the Games.”

David Bonney, Advertising & Sponsorship Manager, Panasonic UK, commented “We know how valuable a video camera can be in helping an athlete's performance. At the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, we provided Shelley Rudman with a video camera, which was used at last minute training sessions. Through analysis of this footage, Shelley's coach was able to give her feedback and correct faults which enabled her to shave seconds off her time and receive a Silver medal. We hope it will be of similar benefit to these Olympic hopefuls.”

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 5,8 billion and it employs over 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 Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About the Olympic Champion and Challengers Bursary Scheme,
The Olympic Champions and Challengers Bursary scheme, developed by Atos Origin 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.
The scheme includes the following athletes:

 Sport  Champion  Challenger
 Athletics  Colin Jackson  Craig Pickering
 Bob Skeleton  Adam Pengilly  Justin Marks
 Diving  Leon Taylor  Callum Johnstone
 Modern Pentathlon  Georgina Harland  Nick Woodbridge
 Paralympic Athletics  Danny Crates:  Samuel Scott
 Swimming  Steve Parry  Francesca Halsall

In addition to the Atos Origin Champion and Challengers Bursary Scheme, the Company sponsors four athletes: Danny Crates, Georgina Harland, Adam Pengilly and Leon Taylor.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: 020 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com