7th June 2010

Brits Commit To Super8


07 June 2010

World and Olympic finalists are continuing to flock to Glasgow aiming to take on Scotland’s best at Scotstoun stadium next month at Super8 on 7 July.

And following on from last week’s announcement that World Indoor hurdles  champ Lolo Jones and World Long Jump champion Dwight Phillips were headed for the revamped venue, top British athletes are also on their way to challenge Lee McConnell’s Glasgow side for the team title.

Amongst those confirmed for the competition are 2008 Olympic javelin fourth placer Goldie Sayers (Dan Pfaff) and former World Indoor silver medallist long jumper Chris Tomlinson (Frank Attoh), who will look to use Super8 as a major part of their European Championship build up, just three weeks out from Barcelona.

Sayers  – who will be making her Super8 debut – was forced to step down from the London North team captaincy last year when a stress fracture in her back ruled her out of a major part of the summer’s fixtures.

But she is determined that Super 2010 will be a key stepping stone on her way to a javelin medal in Barcelona later in July.

She said: “Super8 is a superb concept and I was gutted not to be able to make last year’s inaugural event.

“The combination of great domestic level competition with overseas athletes taking place gives us all the best possible competitive build up and I’m looking forward to taking on the other cities for the London team this year.

“With Tasha (Danvers) already confirmed and leading the way as captain we’ve got a superb chance to regain the Super8 title for the South and I can’t wait.

“I’ve always enjoyed competing in Scotland as the crowd there are so passionate about their sport, and I’ll be looking forward to the rivalry between us and Team Glasgow who are sure to have a great home town advantage!”

Meanwhile Great Britain’s Chris Tomlinson has confirmed he will aim to use Super8 as part of his long jump build up to the European Championships in Barcelona just three weeks later in leading Gateshead as team captain. He said:

“I can’t ask for much more in terms of competition opportunities in helping me build up to this year! Not only do we get Super8 which is a brilliant way of getting that team competitive spirit, but the addition of overseas stars really builds up the quality and will give Scotstoun a real treat.

“I’m hoping to use Super8 to help my build up for Barcelona, and I know that the other competitors will really embrace the opportunity of facing the world’s best on home soil.

“I can’t wait for it – it’s sure to be a great competition and I’m aiming to take maximum points for Gateshead!”

Other GB stars looking set to take in Super8 2010 are:

Olympic long jump finalist Jade Johnson (John Herbert) fresh from her comeback to competition over the last week since recovering from her stint on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, GB 4x400m relay star Victoria Barr (Ayo Falola) who will take on World 800m bronze medallist Jenny Meadows, and World Indoor 4x400m relay medallist Richard Buck.

Other top athletes already confirmed for the competition include Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medallist Tasha Danvers, World Indoor hurdles champion Lolo Jones (USA) and World Long Jump champion Dwight Phillips (USA)

Tickets cost £5 For adults, £1 for concessions and £8 For a family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children.

Tickets are available by visiting www.uka.org.uk/super8 OR Ticket Hotline 08000 55 60 56